On the Other “Phylogenetic Systematics”

@article{Nixon2000OnTO,
  title={On the Other “Phylogenetic Systematics”},
  author={Kevin C Nixon and James M. Carpenter},
  journal={Cladistics},
  year={2000},
  volume={16}
}
De Queiroz and Gauthier, in a serial paper, argue that biological taxonomy is in a sad state, because taxonomists harbor “widely held belief” systems that are archaic and insufficient for modern classification, and that the bulk of practicing taxonomists are essentialists. Their paper argues for the scrapping of the current system of nomenclature, but fails to provide specific rules for the new “Phylogenetic Systematics”—instead we have been presented with a vague and sketchy manifesto based… 

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