[Taxacom] Clade age (was: Taxacom Digest)‏

John Grehan jgrehan at sciencebuff.org
Fri Nov 11 19:55:44 CST 2011


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From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu [mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Jason Mate
> If it is impossible to work on live specimens then stick your neck out and make a call: 
> "a species is what a competent taxonomist says it is." 

This is also true when working on live specimens.

> populations are hardly panmictic so even if it became instantly subdivided each resulting 
> population could potentially have differed from the get go and you could just be 
> reconstructing the ancestral metapopulational structure. 

Brilliant. I never knew that Jason was such a closet panbiogeographer!

John Grehan


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