[Taxacom] New systematics book

Ken Kinman kinman at hotmail.com
Wed Sep 4 12:50:33 CDT 2013

Hi Richard,


          I was reading the summary of the book.  You say that evolutionary paraphyly should be avoided, but phylogenetic paraphyly can be useful.  Are you talking mainly about paraphyletic genera and paraphyletic species, or does this apply at higher ranks as well?  Can you give an example of an evolutionary paraphyletic taxon (rank higher than family) that is bad and must be avoided?





> Date: Tue, 3 Sep 2013 12:28:57 -0500
> From: Richard.Zander at mobot.org
> To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
> Subject: [Taxacom] New systematics book
> I have recently published "A Framework for Post-Phylogenetic
> Systematics." Many of the ideas were discussed here on Taxacom, and I am
> grateful to those who participated in the exchanges pro or con.
> The book is available on Amazon. Just search for zander + framework. It
> is quite inexpensive. The white cover allows students in phylogenetic
> establishments to carry the book secretly by wrapping it in a cover torn
> from a cladistics journal.
> As an exercise in practicality, I split a genus into several segregate
> genera based on a new empiric genus concept. For at least some taxa, the
> genus may be considered the basic unit of evolution. I would appreciate
> your feedback through Taxacom, or offline if you want to be anonymously
> positive.
> Richard Zander
> richard.zander at mobot.org 
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