I would like to place a figure side-by-side with a table, and have both of them aligned to the top. This is what I came up with:

```
\begin{figure}
\begin{minipage}[b]{0.65\linewidth}
\includegraphics[width=0.9\textwidth]{3_comparative/fig/pic.pdf}
\end{minipage}
\begin{minipage}[t]{0.35\linewidth}
\begin{tabular}{| c | c |}
\hline
Contrast & value \\
\hline
I & 6 \\
... \\
\hline
\end{tabular}
\end{minipage}
\caption{Phylogenetic independent contrasts}
\end{figure}
```

But this doesn't work as I hoped, the two items are misaligned:

How can I fix this?

## Best Answer

The answer to this common question is to be found in Keith Reckdahl's epslatex.pdf, page 36, "Minipage Vertical Alignment". I quote the particular solution here. Please note the "secret", the two

`\vspace{0pt}`

In general, this document is a must for any LaTeX work with graphics.

/Leif Andersson