Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Goodman, Morris

US molecular systematist at Wayne State. Since 1960 Goodman has devised means of comparing primate and mammalian antisera, using immunodiffusion, electrophoresis, and then both amino acid sequence and DNA sequence techniques. From this body of work has emerged a broad picture of phylogenetic relationships, resulting in the shift of primate systematics from an emphasis on adaptation to an emphasis on genealogical interpretations, and resulting in a narrowing of the measured genetic distance between humans and apes. An early critic of the molecular clock, Goodman was later convinced of the clock’s utility by A. C. Wilson’s use of the relative rate test.

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