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Re: Therizanosaurs and Cladistics
On Sat, 10 Jun 1995, Phillip Bigelow wrote:
>> my family tree of dinosaurs as I see it. I will attempt to send you two
>>trees, one linnean, the other cladistic.
> Actually, you'll be sending us *one* tree. The other is a hierarchial
> Cladistics is a "family tree" of sorts. But Linnaean systematics
> is nothing more than putting name-labels on organisms. No
> family-tree is implied in Linnaean systematics.
But Haeckel, who first popularised the analogy of the tree of life, was an
evolutionary taxonomist of the old school. I don't know of any modern
taxonomists who actually practise Linnaean-style systematics, classifying
according to the few most 'essssential' characters and ignoring the rest.
I'm sure Peter meant an evolutionary classification (with Linnaean