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Friday, October 9, 2009

Re: BRYONET: local endemics


Hi John,

I was trying to be kind, but actually all of your arguments have been
thoroughly debated in the literature since the 1980's, including the
two points below. Of course not all agree with what I have written on
these subjects, but I don't think it is worth repeating it all here.

Basically, there is a poor correspondence of breeding groups and
monophyletic groups (e.g., see Mishler & Donoghue 1982 among other
papers), and monophyly has won out as the best criterion for natural
classification (papers in the 70's and 80's by Hennig, Nelson, Farris,

Let's chat in person sometime.



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