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Re: Cladistics and names
At 08:59 AM 5/15/97 -0400, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. wrote:
>So, in that sense, cladisitics doesn't change anything: it still requires
>reference to a table, cladogram, or what have you. However, a side branch
>of cladisitics called "phylogenetic taxonomy" allows explicit definitions of
>clades. For example, "Iguanodontia" can be defined as "Iguanodon and all
>taxa sharing a more recent common ancestor with it than with Hypsilophodon".
>The emphasis is on an ancestor-based definition rather than a metaphysical
>concept of "rank". Even as our cladograms change, and taxa move in and out
>of position relative to Iguanodon and Hypsilophodon, there will always be a
>clade composed of Iguanodon and all taxa more closely related to it than to
>Hypsilophodon, so the taxon "Iguanodontia" will remain.
Time for a new entry in the dictionary; however, Fastovsky and Weishampel
is back at the library, so I must ask: what is the difference between
cladistics and phylogenetic taxonomy?
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