Molecular taxonomy: on way out?

Richard Jensen rjensen at SAINTMARYS.EDU
Mon Jul 18 09:07:03 CDT 2005

John Grehan wrote:

> Phenetic characters (that are a combination of primitive and derived
> states)that are statistically well supported are still just phenetic
> characters.

Characters, in and of themselves, are neither phenetic nor cladistic nor
phylogenetic etc.  It is what we, as systematists do with them, that is
phenetic, cladistic, etc.

Dick J.

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