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Date: Mon, 07 Jun 2004 08:53:59 -0400
From: Philip Cantino <email@example.com>
Subject: Fwd: When The PhyloCode is Implemented ...
Mike Taylor asked: >I have a question of my own. What will actually _happen_ on 1st >January 200n? Apart from the global street-party, I mean. > >What specifically will change when the PhyloCode is "implemented"? I >assume that people already pay heed to the PhyloCode principles when >formulating clade definitions and names. > > Actually, implementation of the PhyloCode will be a watershed event in the history of phylogenetic nomenclature. All nomenclatural codes have an official starting point. The implementation of the PhyloCode will be the starting point for phylogenetic nomenclature as governed by this code. There is no grandfather clause. Phylogenetic definitions published before implementation of the PhyloCode do not count as established (Art. 7.1) and thus do not compete for precedence (Art. 12). Although definitions published to date follow PhyloCode principles to varying degrees, many (probably most) do not follow all of the rules and therefore wouldn't qualify as established even if there were a grandfather clause. Definitions published before implementation might best be viewed as the product of a phase in which we (collectively) have been experimenting with phylogenetic nomenclature. The lessons that have been learned in the process have helped to refine the rules of the PhyloCode. The implementation of the PhyloCode will coincide with the publication of a volume that will contain (but not be limited to) phylogenetic definitions presented at the Paris meeting. The definitions in this volume will be the first ones established under the PhyloCode. The editors of the volume will be Kevin de Queiroz, Jacques Gauthier, and myself, but many people will author names and definitions. In addition to the participants in the Paris meeting, other people who are unable to attend but who have expertise in particular groups will be asked to submit definitions. This will be an opportunity to republish (and, in many cases, refine) definitions that were published before implementation of the PhyloCode. Phil -- Philip D. Cantino Professor and Associate Chair Department of Environmental and Plant Biology Ohio University Athens, OH 45701-2979 U.S.A. Phone: (740) 593-1128; 593-1126 Fax: (740) 593-1130 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org