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Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2004 09:56:56 -0500
From: de Queiroz Kevin <Dequeiroz.Kevin@NMNH.SI.EDU>
Subject: Re: RE: a comment on ancestor
"Recommendation 9D. In order to clarify the reference of a clade name and facilitate the referral of species that are not specifiers of that name, the protologue should include one or more of the following: a statement about the hypothesized composition of the clade (e.g., a list of included species or subclades), a reference to the hypothesized phylogeny that provided the context for the definition, a description or diagnosis, and a list of synapomorphies." >>> "Igor Ya. Pavlinov" <email@example.com> - 2/11/04 8:29 AM >>> So, however right you may be about a new taxonomic phylosophy must imply a new taxonomic language, in order to make Phylocode novelties less idiosyncratic, they have to be pretty accurately formulated, keeping in mind that "any system is afraid of novelties" and the drastically is a novelty the more frightened is the system (I mean, taxonomic community). For instance, I see no causes not to preserve taxonomic dyagnoses in the PhyloCode, at least in form of synapomorphy list, without which allocation of a new item to already established classification will appear a very sophisticated task.