Phylogenetic definitions and taxonomic philosophy

@article{Queiroz1992PhylogeneticDA,
  title={Phylogenetic definitions and taxonomic philosophy},
  author={K. Queiroz},
  journal={Biology and Philosophy},
  year={1992},
  volume={7},
  pages={295-313}
}
  • K. Queiroz
  • Published 1992
  • Biology
  • Biology and Philosophy
An examination of the post-Darwinian history of biological taxonomy reveals an implicit assumption that the definitions of taxon names consist of lists of organismal traits. That assumption represents a failure to grant the concept of evolution a central role in taxonomy, and it causes conflicts between traditional methods of defining taxon names and evolutionary concepts of taxa. Phylogenetic definitions of taxon names (de Queiroz and Gauthier 1990) grant the concept of common ancestry a… Expand
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