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Re: VERY Stupid question, but I dont know the answer...
In a message dated Wed, 20 Feb 2002 10:28:18 PM Eastern Standard Time, "T. Mike
Keesey" <email@example.com> writes:
> On Wed, 20 Feb 2002 NJPharris@aol.com wrote:
> > Also, if clades are going to be defined on anchors rather than apomorphies,
> > eponymous clade names are definitely the way to go.
> Apomorphy-based clades still have a species specifier (the species which
> the ancestor must share the apomorphy with), so they can be eponymous as
Oh, I didn't mean to imply that apomorphy-based clades couldn't have eponymous
names, only that any descriptive name you give to a non-apomorphy-based group
is highly likely to end up either containing taxa outside the group whose
apomorphies are commemorated in the name (can't think of any examples off the
top of my head) or to fail to include taxa who do share the apomorphies
referred to by the name (a` la Tetrapoda). And who even knows about a group
So why bother with descriptive names?