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Re: Paraphyletic groups [was Re: cladobabble...[...]]

At 04:40 PM 11/24/97 -0600, I wrote:
> More inclusive versus less inclusive sets do not necessarily have
>equal status as entities, and properties pertaining to the one do not
>necessarily pertain to the other.
        Umm... lemme make this a bit more clear:
        More or less inclusive *clades* necessarily have equal status as
entities, because they are recognized on the same principles. A paraphyletic
group and a monophlyetic group do not have equal status simply because they
are subsets of the content of a clade. They must derive their status
independant of that association by some inherent property, else they are a
mental construct rather than a real entity.
    Jonathan R. Wagner, Dept. of Geosciences, TTU, Lubbock, TX 79409-1053
        "Chimp here does the killing." - Doug Mackenzie