from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun One who classifies organisms according to the principles of cladistics.
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- noun systematics : A
biologistwho studies clades, an evolutionarybiologist who studies the pattern of species interrelationshipsaccording to the principles of cladistics.
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Do you mean number of branches in a cladist analysis, for example?
And we use such terms as panadaptationist and cladist.
Now, from your posts, I would take you for a ‘cladist.’
As Kai rightly jokes, unless you are a hardcore pattern cladist, and by that I mean one that maintains that neither taxa nor characters should ever be treated as ancestral, you would concede that phylogenies allow us to analyze the evolution of traits as steps that come historically one after the other.