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Re: Clade II



Jeffrey Martz <martz@holly.ColoState.EDU> wrote :
>
>THERE ARE NO "REAL" OR "NATURAL" GROUPS
>     
This is absolutely right. You classify a group (of anything) for a purpose 
and select your criteria accordingly. Each such classification is valid in 
its own context.

Cladistics is fine for phylogenetic classification of the organisms. If on 
the other hand you are out hunting with a bow and an arrow, you might 
like to classify the animals according to the thickness of their skin. In that 
context it is a perfectly valid and better classification than cladistics.

Gautam Majumdar                 gautam@majumdar.demon.co.uk