As Cladistics and "Eclecticism", Aves, paraphyly flow on

Thomas Lammers lammers at VAXA.CIS.UWOSH.EDU
Tue Feb 5 07:45:08 CST 2002

At 01:06 PM 2/4/02 -0500, Dave Walter wrote:
>...Cladograms represent testable hypotheses

And so does any good ol' fashioned classification, arrived at by the most
subjective seat-of-the-pants b'guess-'n'-b'gosh approach.  It is tested by
adding data that did not go into its original construction.  Non-cladistic
hypotheses that go back to Engler & Prantl or Bessey have been tested in
the past decade using molecular biology,  and before that using chromosome
numbers, etc.

Thomas G. Lammers, Ph.D.

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Department of Biology and Microbiology
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