Google for Internet Database / unique classification?

John Grehan jgrehan at SCIENCEBUFF.ORG
Wed Mar 22 19:03:29 CST 2006



From: Taxacom Discussion List on behalf of Doug Yanega

(2) A biogeographer decides to use the distributions of the member
species within Higher Taxon X to test a hypothesis. However, there
are four different extant classifications each of which proposes
different lists of member species, each of which leads to a different
result relative to that hypothesis. That biogeographer would complain.

Not necessarily. If biogeography is treated as a separte discipline with its own methods and principles that it may be possible for the biogeographic analysis to provide a 'test' of the different classifications. Ironically it becomes more interesting if there are alternatives.
John Grehan

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