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Re: Some thoughts on cladistics
In a message dated Thu, 1 Nov 2001 4:59:27 PM Eastern Standard Time, "Ken
Kinman" <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> At the risk of "oh no, here we go again", I like the example of
> classifying Emperor Charlemagne, his siblings, and other "close" relatives
> in a paraphyletic group. Weren't members of this family closely related (in
> some ways to the exclusion of their distant descendants in the present day)?
> Being one of Charlemagne's descendants myself,
Hey, me, too!
should I consider myself
> more closely related to him than he was to his own brothers and sisters?
Perhaps not. That's kind of a judgement call. But we also need to classify
*you*, and you unquestionably belong with Charlemagne, to the exclusion of his
brothers and sisters (assuming you are not also descended from any of them, a
problem which, mercifully, does not arise in vertebrate taxonomy).