"paraphylophobia" and 30-Year War of Cladists vs. Eclecticists

Curtis Clark jcclark at CSUPOMONA.EDU
Sun Sep 13 14:51:13 CDT 1998


Either classification shows kinship, or it doesn't. You can't have it both
ways.

At 12:17 PM 9/13/98 -0700, Ken Kinman wrote:
>[...] a whole
>generation of biologists have been taught that paraphyletic groups are
>as bad as polyphyletic ones.

Because they are ordinarily indistinguishable, except by explicit
statements of ancestry.

Ironically, if I understand Kinman's web page correctly, Woese's
three-domain scheme could fit his views quite nicely simply by accepting a
paraphyletic Eubacteria and possibly also a paraphyletic Metabacteria.


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