The logical priority of the tree over characters and some of its consequences for taxonomy
1999 (English)In: Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, ISSN 0024-4066, E-ISSN 1095-8312, Vol. 68, no 4, 497-503 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of the present paper is to explore the role of the character in phylogenetic systematics. I argue that too much emphasis is put on particular characters rather than congruence both in the choice of phylogenetic hypotheses and in taxonomic decisions. This means that the logical priority of the tree over the characters is neglected. To a large extent, this is a result of not paying enough attention to the individuality thesis which states that clades are historical individuals and hence contingent in nature.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
1999. Vol. 68, no 4, 497-503 p.
fylogeni, systematik, taxonomi
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-6086DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.1999.tb01185.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-6086DiVA: diva2:395901