[Taxacom] Heuristics of classical systematics

Richard Zander Richard.Zander at mobot.org
Sun Aug 10 15:14:16 CDT 2014

Taxacomers with revolutionary spirit may be interested in a three-part paper:

Zander, R. H. 2014. Classical determination of monophyly, exemplified with Didymodon s. lat. (Bryophyta). Parts 1, 2 and 3.
Phytoneuron 2014-78: 1-7<http://phytoneuron.net/2014Phytoneuron/78PhytoN-MonophylyPart1.pdf>,   79: 1-23<http://phytoneuron.net/2014Phytoneuron/79PhytoN-MonophylyPart2.pdf>:   and 80: 1-19<http://phytoneuron.net/2014Phytoneuron/80PhytoN-MonophylyPart3.pdf>.

In which I attempt to formalize (find the statistical and logical basis) of the heuristics classical taxonomists use to intuit monophyly. We are apparently good at it but can't say why. Until now. If I'm right.


Richard H. Zander
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