[Taxacom] Paraphyletic species and paraphyletic higher taxa

Richard Zander Richard.Zander at mobot.org
Wed Jan 5 08:34:55 CST 2011

A Besseyan cactus of course includes, however simplistically, a time axis (one taxon generating another) and both extant and extinct taxa (by implication when fossil taxa are included, see famous B. cactus of the horse group). 

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Richard H. Zander 
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Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Paraphyletic species and paraphyletic higher taxa

In fact, Darwin's figure is very different from a Besseyian cactus in the that the vertical axis is clearly delineated as the time axis, and the figure also attempts to depict both extinctions and extant lineages.

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