[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index][Subject Index][Author Index]

Re: The PhyloCode will not address the naming of species (Was The Papers That Ate Cincinnati)



so, now Guiness Book of World Records can have entries for "Last person
to discover a new Class/Family/Order/Phylum"....no matter how many new
discoveries are made.
:D

You have missed something: Classes, families, orders and phyla are not discovered. They are made up.


Clades are discovered. Their names are made up, but they can be defined. What _ranks_ are given to those names is an _entirely_ subjective decision. Surely you have noticed that no two published classifications of any group are identical: that's because nobody can say that any classification is right or wrong, _even given that everyone agrees on the shape of the tree_.