[Taxacom] Usefulness vs. convenience (Protista)

Richard Zander Richard.Zander at mobot.org
Mon Dec 20 16:48:35 CST 2010


If you try to mix classifications based on patterns of evidence (phylogenetics) and classifications based on theories of evolution of a group (evolutionary systematics) you will always get a mish-mash of apples and oranges. A paraphyletic group is a synchronic (one-dimensional present-day) view of a diachronic (through time) evolutionary process. The phylogenetic view is from well-supported evidence and the evolutionary view is theory. Only the last is science. The first is artificial.

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Richard H. Zander 
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From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu [mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Stephen Thorpe
Sent: Sunday, December 19, 2010 11:12 PM
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Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Usefulness vs. convenience (Protista)

>But name me an uncrackable paraphyletic group

basal Bilateria ... where do Acoela and Nematodermata fit in? Xenoturbellida?

>Certainly Reptilia seems well-cracked

then please point me to a fully-worked out published Linnean classification 
which is congruent with the phylogeny (i.e., with mammals and birds as 
subordinate to the class Reptilia, but still with Linnean ranks) ...


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