Just what IS a Phylograph and how does it help us to understand the relationship between our project members?
A “phylograph” shows the relationships, connections and distances between any related group. The graph begins with the “Parent” from which all lines grow, then provides the connections to the subsequent generations, flowing out with each new “branch” in the tree.
In the case of our DNA project, the “Parent” is noted as the “Modal” with the lines to each branch of the family tree that grew from that common ancestor.
I have marked each connecting line with one color until that line reaches a mutation. The mutations are shown as red circles and would, in essence, represent a “missing link” within the project. This indicates a place in the continuous line where no project member has yet joined.
Each member’s kit in the project is shown in the first graph, as all have the 12 marker test to compare. Each circle represents a project member, unless the circle has multiple colors. In the case of a circle with more than one color, each color represents another project member with an exact match.
This graph shows all project members with 25 or greater markers