[Taxacom] This week's paraphyly discussions

Kim van der Linde kim at kimvdlinde.com
Tue Dec 21 10:11:31 CST 2010

On 12/21/2010 12:25 AM, Stephen Thorpe wrote:
>> All paraphyletic taxa are unnatural
> yep, true pretty much by definition

Yeah if you take that taxa should be representative of evolutionary 
history. Which is arguable. If it is based on evolutionary similarity, 
major changes in a single branch make it far more logical to have 
paraphyletic groups. And in a sense, more natural. It just depends on 
how you define natural.


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