Taxonomic triage and the poverty of phylogeny.

@article{Wheeler2004TaxonomicTA,
  title={Taxonomic triage and the poverty of phylogeny.},
  author={Quentin D. Wheeler},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  year={2004},
  volume={359 1444},
  pages={571-83}
}
Revisionary taxonomy is frequently dismissed as merely descriptive, which belies its strong intellectual content and hypothesis-driven nature. Funding for taxonomy is inadequate and largely diverted to studies of phylogeny that neither improve classifications nor nomenclature. Phylogenetic classifications are optimal for storing and predicting information, but phylogeny divorced from taxonomy is ephemeral and erodes the accuracy and information content of the language of biology. Taxonomic… CONTINUE READING
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