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S. federal agency was willing to fund paleobiochemistry in the 1980s, resurrecting ancestral sequences in one family was likely to be difficult; resurrecting two sets of ancestors from two families was considered to be impossible. Hemoglobins remain a promising family for paleomolecular resurrections. To date, however, only one laboratory has explored them for this purpose (Benner and Schreiber, unpublished). 38 STEVEN A. BENNER, SLIM O. SASSI, AND ERIC A. GAUCHER RNases proved to present several opportunities for biological interpretation and discovery.

Thus, the theory might give a lower probability to a Lys-to-Met replacement than an Ile-to-Met replacement. Accordingly, the chances of site 39 having suffered two Lys-to-Met replacements is considerably lower than the chances of site 39 having suffered two Ile-to-Met replacements. This means that the chance of the ancestral sequence having had a Lys is lower than the chance of it having had an Ile, given that the two derived sequences both have Met at site 39. Here, a probabilistic ancestor might have nonzero values for all amino acids at site 39.

In such discussions it is important to recognize that the systematic errors introduced by incomplete evolutionary theories, including those arising from the assumptions that amino acid replacements at individual sites reflect replacements at the average site, might be more significant than the formal uncertainty expressed by ML probabilities. The experience in experimental paleogenetics over the past 20 years suggests that even with abundant data and highly articulated trees, 30 FIGURE 15. Distribution of amino acids at site 168 (a) and site 211 (b) in a set of 19 fungal alcohol dehydrogenases.

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