clashing codes; mammals & morganucodonts

Thomas DiBenedetto tdib at OCEANCONSERVANCY.ORG
Mon Jan 14 16:25:07 CST 2002

-----Original Message-----
From: Ken Kinman
...The point is that those who are not strict cladists prefer a
character-based Mammalia.  ...
... Ask most mammalogists what is and what isn't a mammal, and there is
little problem.  But ask a strict cladist, and the answer depends on whose
cladogram he happens to be using that day....
... Perhaps that is one reason
a lot of strict cladists actually oppose phylocode....
FYI - there are "strict cladists" who oppose the phylocode precisely because
they prefer character (apomorphy)-based taxa. I don't think that the use of
the term "strict cladist" is very helpful in discussion like this, for no
one really knows what exactly you mean by that term, except that it refers
to people that you disagree with.
-Tom DiBenedetto

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