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Taxa nomy?



I'm still not quite clear on this - supposedly, the concept of Linnaean taxonomy is out and cladistics is in... but I keep seeing 'genus' and 'species' bandied about, as well as 'taxa'. And nobody actually says 'class' anymore, but the distinctions 'mammal', 'reptile' 'amphibian' and 'bird' are used with gay abandon (only now, 'bird' is a sub... thingy of 'reptile'). So, what really gives?

Peter M