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Floras to Phylogenies: Why Descriptive Taxonomy Matters

Sandra Knapp and J. Robert Press

in Beyond Cladistics: The Branching of a Paradigm

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520267725
eISBN:
9780520947993
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520267725.003.0005
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

Taxonomy has also been characterized as description, phylogeny, and identification. Description is central to most visions of what the science of taxonomy should be, but the importance and prominence ... More


Monophyly and the Two Hierarchies

Olivier Rieppel

in Beyond Cladistics: The Branching of a Paradigm

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520267725
eISBN:
9780520947993
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520267725.003.0009
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

The school of biological systematics known as cladistics is notorious for drawing a distinction between pattern and process. The pattern is one of relative degrees of relationships, the process is ... More


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