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RE: Microraptor hanqingi, new species from China.
> Do taxonomists in these other specialties care if genera are
> paraphyletic? That's the usual justification I see
> whenever someone splits a dinosaur genus.
The only ones that don't (as a rule-of-thumb) generally care are entomologists
and botanists, but even there it is quite rare nowadays. In ornithology,
justifying paraphyletic genera is decidedly fringe (can't remember when I saw
it the last time), and for mammals it's not very different. It might be a bit
tricky in herpetology due to the frequent incidence of hybridogenic taxa.
But overall, most taxonomists from the 1960 and onwards generations strongly
advocate monophyletic genera.