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Re: Why all the fuss? (flame-free)

Nick P. wrote:
So your classification includes the same information as mine but with an added level of complexity and opacity. Why would anyone want to do such a thing?
Quick answer:
Utility and relative stability, among other considerations. And avoiding the many drawbacks (both short-term and long-term) of strictly cladistic classifications, which are detailed in Benton, 2000 (as well as the pertinent parts of Mayr and Ashlock's 1991 book):

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