[Taxacom] Phylogenetic game
lists at curtisclark.org
Tue Dec 14 00:27:26 CST 2010
On 12/13/2010 11:14 AM, Richard Zander wrote:
> On paraphyly, suppose
> a = polar bear
> b = brown bear molecular strain 1
> c = brown bear molecular strain 2
> A strict cladist would say "((a,b)c) . . .
> A loose cladist would say (but not in print) ((a)b)c...
> An evolutionary systematist would say "the polar bear line apparently budded off one of the brown bear lineages."
An evolutionary cladist would say "Species are the smallest units of
phylogeny, and anybody who thinks paraphyletic species justify
paraphyletic higher taxa is a dogmatist."
Curtis Clark http://www.csupomona.edu/~jcclark/
Director, I&IT Web Development +1 909 979 6371
University Web Coordinator, Cal Poly Pomona
More information about the Taxacom