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Clade accolade




On Monday, September 8, 2003, at 10:17 PM, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. wrote:

Ranks were no more than a bookkeeping device in the early days of Linnean
taxonomy, back when the task of taxonomy was simply to lump critters into a
specific set of groups. With the recognition that evolution is the basis for
these groups, and the recognition that there are important groups to be
found between the traditional "ranks", the utility of the rank concept is at
an end.


Hope this helps.

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.

It does immensely, thank you. Obviously a major shift has occurred while I was off indulging in matters other than science for several years!

Peter Markmann