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Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2000 16:21:55 -0400
From: Philip Cantino <>
Subject: Fwd: New critics

I would like to comment on David Marjanovic's recent message
regarding Benton's critique of phylogenetic nomenclature.  Some of us
have been aware of Benton's critique for several months, since he was
good enough to circulate the manuscript.  Many of Benton's criticisms
are indeed unfair or based on misconceptions.  Harold Bryant and I
are preparing a response which we hope to publish in the same journal
as the critique.

The PhyloCode includes several recommendations that are in the spirit
of those suggested by David Marjanovic.  See, for example,
Recommendations 9A-9D and 11B-11E.

The naming system represented by Sapiens Homo Hominini Homininae
Hominidae...,  which was proposed by Brent Mishler, is not under
consideration for adoption in the PhyloCode.  It is therefore very
misleading for Benton to have focused on this system.  The various
naming methods for species that have been considered for the
PhyloCode are summarized in Systematic Biology 48: 790-807 (1999).


Philip D. Cantino
Professor and Chair
Department of Environmental and Plant Biology
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701-2979

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