follow up on paraphyly / polyphyly

Barry M. OConnor bmoc at UMICH.EDU
Wed Nov 10 15:27:32 CST 2004

At 1:12 PM -0700 11/10/04, Derek Sikes wrote:
>Dear Taxacomers,
>Thanks to those who have replied already. I thought I might add one
>additional bit on this issue:...

I've generally taught that when evaluating previously named taxa in the
light of phylogenetic analysis, paraphyletic groups are those that some
folks will defend to the death, while polyphyletic groups are those most
people realize are "mistakes"! - Barry

Barry M. OConnor
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