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Re: More on the genus problem
This is just another problem with the belief that all around can fit
into species according to the biological species concepts, which is
based on sex and gene pools.
To be fair, Ernst Mayr said out loud that asexual organisms "do not form
That's right: he told the ICZN, the ICBN, and the ICNB* to go cheney
themselves. They did, however, not listen...
* ...which may not even have existed yet... it only dates to 1980...
Who can ascertain two duckbilled dinosaurs with strikingly different
head ornament cannot bring fertile offspring? Will expose myself to
ridicule with a further exaggeration, but the same applies with a
ceratopsian and a duckbill.
The "Biological Species Concept"s cannot be applied to the dead. End of
The principal reason for the use of cladistic classification
I wouldn't call cladistics "classification". It's just the method of the
science of phylogenetics, the way to reconstruct phylogenetic trees.
It's not concerned with the pseudoproblem of "translating the tree into
a classification" (...even though Hennig, for no good reason, considered
that the goal of phylogenetics).
As Gould said, if something ends up being a mess, it is possible that
we are asking wrong questions and so we may better leave the matter
and think on it other way.
Yupyup <vehement nodding>.