Understanding evolution problems

Richard.Zander at MOBOT.ORG Richard.Zander at MOBOT.ORG
Thu Mar 4 10:31:09 CST 2004

Nice point, but "our discipline"? "Systematics" is now phylogenetics and its
application to classification. The best phylogeneticists are also good
taxonomists, but Lammers' point remains valid.

Richard H. Zander
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-----Original Message-----
From: Thomas G. Lammers [mailto:lammers at vaxa.cis.uwosh.edu]
Sent: Thursday, March 04, 2004 10:00 AM
To: Richard.Zander at MOBOT.ORG
Cc: taxacom at usobi.org
Subject: Re: Understanding evolution problems

At 08:57 AM 3/4/04, you wrote:
>I wonder what an alternative Web site presenting the same topics as the
>Berkeley site might look like?

As a bare minimum, it would be intellectually honest and admit that not
everyone in the systematics community has sworn allegiance to the idea that
Paraphyly Is Anathema.  I really really resent people who act as though our
discipline has reached a concensus on this point and present our discipline
that way to the outside world.  That is rank dishonesty.

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