Message 2005-05-0021: Re: PhyloCode

Mon, 14 Mar 2005 10:51:02 +0000

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Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2005 10:51:02 +0000
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Subject: Re: PhyloCode

> Date: Saturday, March 12, 2005 12:54 PM
> From: "Michel Laurin" <>
>> I think there should be a rule for PhyloCode set that whenever a
>> would be PhyloCode definition for a word would otherwise differ
>> from a definition already accepted even from PhyloCode, that a new
>> term be made instead, with the otherwise old name being declared
>> from the point of view of PhyloCode as describing a nonexistent
>> category.
> We have discussed this extensively and the consensus is that we wan=
> to be able to reuse old names, such as Reptilia, Dinosauria and
> Osteichthys, even though they traditionally referred to paraphyleti=
> taxa.

It would be very helpful if there were a a FAQ page on the site, explaining how such decisions were arrived at.  I
am not asking for it all to be rehashed again now, but I'm sure I'm
not the only latecomer who finds this decision surprising.

Also, life would be so much better if the index terms at
were link anchors!

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