[Taxacom] Reptilia (and Hominidae)

Don.Colless at csiro.au Don.Colless at csiro.au
Tue Mar 17 02:16:47 CDT 2009

Can anyone explain to me why we cannot have both an evolutionary history (or a cladogram) AND a classification?

Donald H. Colless
CSIRO Div of Entomology
GPO Box 1700
Canberra 2601
don.colless at csiro.au
tuz li munz est miens envirun

From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu [taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Julian H [humphries at mail.utexas.edu]
Sent: 17 March 2009 02:55
To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Reptilia (and Hominidae)

At 10:46 AM 3/16/2009, Kenneth Kinman wrote:
>Then Hennig's "cladifications" came along, and paraphylophobia
>unfortunately became increasingly "fashionable".  Classifications have
>become increasingly unstable ever since.
>                --------Ken Kinman

And increasing reflective of actual history as best determined by the
evidence.  To mash up an old quote "Stability at the expense of
(evolutionary) history is hardly a bargain".

Julian Humphries
Department of Geological Sciences
University of Texas, Austin, 78712


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