[Taxacom] SUSPECT: Re: Primates (was: burn out)

Richard Zander Richard.Zander at mobot.org
Thu Apr 23 08:29:37 CDT 2009

Yes, paraphyletic groups have no phylogenetic existence, and are a
collection of "primitive retentions." But a paraphyletic Pongidae would
be evolutionarily informative (ancestor-descendant) about ancestral
morphology though not phylogenetically (sister-group) informative. 

I would not monkey around with this, of course, unless there was some
decent support for a molecularly paraphyletic Pongidae, but if there
were, support for a deeply shared ancestor through nonmonophyly would be
a good scientific discovery. This does depend on interpretation. Dare I
accuse John Grehan of orthodoxy? 

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Subject: SUSPECT: Re: [Taxacom] Primates (was: burn out)

As for the paraphyletic 'Pongidae' it has no phylogenetic existence. If
one wants to give a formal taxonomic name to a collectino of primitive
retentions then ok for those who want to, but its otherwise

John Grehan 

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