[Taxacom] Reptilia (and Hominidae)

Thomas G. Lammers lammers at uwosh.edu
Mon Mar 16 12:37:10 CDT 2009

At 10:12 AM 3/16/2009, Kenneth Kinman wrote:
>If strict cladifications tend to be more destabilizing and sometimes even 
>less informative, why
>continue doing it just because of some arbitrary rule against paraphyletic 

Key word: "arbitrary."  I do not buy that "non-informative" 
mumbo-jumbo.  The decision to enforce holophyly as the only sort of 
mono[phyly seems to me to be a fiat a priori with no rational justification.

Thomas G. Lammers, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Curator of the Herbarium (OSH)
Department of Biology and Microbiology
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University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
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Plant systematics; classification, nomenclature, evolution, and 
biogeography of the Campanulaceae s. lat.

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