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Re: cladobabble.../Some clarification... ([very]long)



> My immediate family is real, because my sister and I are
> united by a process of ancestry and descent with my parents, as will her
> children (and mine, on the off chance I ever stop studying enough to leave
> the Department). Based on this, you could seperate the entire family as "Roy
> and Sue Wagner and all of their descendants", a real biological entity.

     Why not define it as "John and Sue Wagner and all thier ancestors?"
Why would that be less real?  Such a group would be paraphyletic; it would
exclude your cousins, aunts, uncles, etc...

LN Jeff
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