The nature of cladistics [was: Whooper; Canadian geese split; paraphyly]
jcclark-lists at EARTHLINK.NET
Thu Nov 18 21:53:45 CST 2004
on 2004-11-18 06:20 Ken Kinman wrote:
> Curtis, Whoa!! Looks likes you are comparing apples to oranges (or
> even to non-fruits). At least Thomas is comparing two varieties of
I'm comparing trees and hypanthia. They are both apples, but a chainsaw
is a more appropriate tool for sectioning one than the other. (I'll
leave it to the reader to decide which, as I clean sticky pulp off my
> Evolutionary processes may not be uniform at all levels, but
> there is an evolutionary continuity that connects these levels.
> Cosmology is very far removed in comparison.
I suspect the cosmologists might disagree.
> Even very large clades basically begin with a single species.
Exactly. Species are the lower limit of phylogenetic study. We discover
paraphyletic species. We invent paraphyletic higher taxa.
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