Cladistics and "Eclecticism"

Curtis Clark jcclark at CSUPOMONA.EDU
Wed Jan 30 18:39:26 CST 2002

At 07:50 AM 1/30/02, Tom Wendt wrote:
>cladists are interested only in
>branching patterns,

This is simply not true (at least as a generalization). Many cladists are
very interested in evolutionary changes within lineages, and all cladists
are interested in the evolution of recognizable synapomorphies, which are a
subset of that. Cladists simply believe that these things can best be
studied in the context of recognized lineage groups.

Curtis Clark        
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