Definition of Systematics

Derek Sikes dsikes at UCALGARY.CA
Fri Apr 14 15:14:14 CDT 2006

I use the following to explain systematics to the general public:

Discover what is "out there" and fit it to the tree of life.

which implies:

Discover what is "out there" (=taxonomy, describing & mapping
biodiversity) and fit it to the tree of life (=phylogenetics).

Derek S. Sikes, Assistant Professor
Division of Zoology
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2N 1N4

dsikes at

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if you have been mistaken, let no Vanity reduce you to persist in
your mistake." Henry Baker, London, 1785

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