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Re: [Re: Non-serpentine lacertids (was RE:WHAT'S GOING ON?)]



> If cladistics insists on assiging a name to each node of a clade, then
> there would be an awful lot of names to recognize and use. Particularly
> when you have clades nested several layes deep, then it becomes unwieldy.
> Padian replied to the effect that this is being addresses, that perhaps
> some nodes will remain unnamed. Well, is this the case?

especially when a number of groups of people working on the same group
produce different phylogenetic hypotheses, and then proceed to name to
nodes/stems ... this leads, as you say, to a very great number of names
for things and adds to, rather than, alleviates confusion.

gareth