Clades, cladons, and "cladifications"

pierre deleporte pierre.deleporte at UNIV-RENNES1.FR
Mon Jun 14 19:31:59 CDT 2004

>Yes, the number of derived characters can be plotted on the branch showing
>the amount of divergence, but what Hull was trying to say is it cannot be
>expressed in a classification based on tree topology. The classification 
>is either
>based on the tree topology or the degree of divergence not both at the same
>time. Ken disagrees, of course.

Ken devised a system which gives the impression of mixing the two 
incompatible criteria. But this "Kinman system" is composed of two systems: 
names give overall similarity distances whe desired (possible paraphyletic 
groups based on significant gaps), and codes (letters - numbers) give the 
"strict cladist" phylogenetic classifivcation.
"The" Kinman system is two classificatory systems written close to one 

I don't mean it is not utilizable, I mean that there are two systems. It 
cannot logically be otherwise.


Pierre Deleporte
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