generic oversplitting (heart of the problem)

Robin Leech releech at TELUSPLANET.NET
Tue Jul 17 08:23:15 CDT 2001


C'mon guys, get real.  The ICZN and ICBN are about nomenclature, not about
cladistics, phenetics, natural classsification or other
relationship-generating systems.
Robin Leech
----- Original Message -----
From: "John Grehan" <jrg13 at PSU.EDU>
To: <TAXACOM at USOBI.ORG>
Sent: Tuesday, July 17, 2001 6:40 AM
Subject: Re: generic oversplitting (heart of the problem)


> >And of course branding paraphyly as something
> >to be reviled and attacked as though such taxa have no immediate common
> >ancestor (as in polyphyly) is as absurd as it is destabilizing.
>
> I thought the cladistic position was not that paraphyletic taxa have no
> immediate common ancestor, but that the ancestor thus designated did not
> include all the descendants.
>
> >      And they want to institutionalize this into a separate Code??
>
> "They" seems a bit ambiguous here as it seems to imply "they" refers to
> cladists. If so this would seem to be a bit misleading as not all cladists
> are necessarily in support of the code alternative and I recall that at
> least one cladist made this position clear in an earlier posting.
>
> John Grehan




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