[Taxacom] Cladifications are NOT classifications (MonaLisadrooling)

Vazrick Nazari nvazrick at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 1 23:19:13 CDT 2006

Here is a wonderful read on this topic:
  Farnz, N.M., 2005. On the lack of good scientific reasons for the growing phylogeny/classification gap. Cladistics 21(5): 495-500.
  An increasing number of phylogenetic analyses is no longer translated into classifications. The resulting phylogeny ⁄ classification gap is undesirable because the precise transmission of phylogenetic insights depends on the frequent revision of Linnaean names. The move away from classifying has numerous correlates. These include: an expanded pool of researchers who are able to produce phylogenetic estimates, a mismatch between the properties of molecular phylogenies and the requirements for verbal Linnaean definitions, the emphasis of statistical representations over the creation and evaluation of scientific terms, and a partial disconnect between the processes of nomenclature and taxonomy. The ‘‘taxonomic concept’’ approach allows systematists to express their varying perspectives with a high precision and can therefore help reduce the aforementioned gap. The phylogeny ⁄ classification link must persist in order to ensure community-wide access to, and
 continued testing of, the products of systematic research.

Vazrick Nazari, MSc.
Systematic and Evolution
Department of Biological Sciences
CW 405, Biological Sciences Centre
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
T6G 2E9  Canada
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