Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Syst. Zool.

Volume

28

Publication Date

1-1-1979

First Page

441

Last Page

450

Abstract

Ashlock, P.D. (Department of Entomology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas 66045) 1979. An evolutionary systematist's view of classification. Syst. Zool. 28:441-450. The goal of evolutionary systematics, to provide classifications of maximum utility through maximum use of evolutionary theory, has failed of accomplishment to the extent that practitioners of evolutionary systematics have relied upon disruptive rather than theoretical definitions of terms. Monophyly and related terms are discussed, a new identification of higher taxon is provided, and a new methodology for producing classifications of maximum utility, employing cladisitic and anagenetic analysis, is partly outlined. Cladists, by ignoring a significant part of evolutionary theory, produce classifications that are less than useful to systematist and nonsystematist alike.

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