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Re: Linnean Classification and Creationism



Wouldn't you say that the standard Linnean system of classification with its
"systematic gaps" between major taxa is a by-product of the the creationist
assumptions of Linnaeus?  The arguments over what really is or isn't a fish
or reptile or bird is purely arbitrary since the only really extant
biological types in nature are genera and species which are the only groups
which may share a common gene pool. "Higher taxa" were invented for
convenience in classification and provide little scientific information
unless you arrange them in evolutionary trees.  So far neither cladistics or
phrenetics seems to fullfill that requirement very well because they are
limited to only morphological comparisons.  Maybe we need a combination of
morphology, physiology, biochemistry, and genetics to do the job right.

Art