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Re: tooth counts in systematics



L Nyveen wrote:
> 
> And all that leads right back to the old clumper/splitter debate.  You
> can't decide what intraspecific/intrageneric variation is without first -
> often quite subjectively - deciding just what makes a species/genus.
> 
        BINGO.  You see why spending all ones time deciding what sits 
next to what on a cladogram is in my mind something best left to others.  
We spent an entire semester seminar here just wrestling with the species 
definition question and came to very very few satisfactory conclusions.


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