Ken Kinman kinman2 at YAHOO.COM
Tue Apr 6 15:42:27 CDT 2004

Curtis Clark wrote:
Paraphyletic taxa are "natural"; they just don't play well with others.
     Well, I am very glad to read the first half of your statement.  As for the latter half------au contraire.  Paraphyletic mother taxa play very well with their offspring (exgroups) in my classifications.  They just don't fare very well when strict cladists call them unnatural and/or unscientific, and dismember them unnecessarily and/or prematurely.  Seems to me that it is strict cladists that don't play well with others.
                      ------ Ken

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