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But, to date, have they officially made birds a classification of
Or will they remain in their own order as close kin?
The Preamble of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature
guarantees your "freedom of taxonomic thought or actions". Translation: you
can classify as you damn well please, and nobody can say it's wrong (or
right for that matter); people can only say they like your classification or
find it impractical or other such subjective judgments. By "you" I really
mean you; there are no qualifications.
Yes, this does lead to a certain degree of chaos (I have never seen two
identical classifications of the same group), which is why phylogenetic
nomenclature http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phylogenetic_nomenclature was
invented; but the International Code of Phylogenetic Nomenclature
http://www.ohiou.edu/phylocode is not yet in effect.