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- noun A phenetic system of taxonomic classification.
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- noun systematics : A form of
numerical systematicsin which organisms are grouped based upon the total or relative number of shared characteristics.
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It can be distinguished from other taxonomic systems, such as phenetics, by its focus on evolutionary relationships; while other systems usually use morphological similarities to group similar species into genera,
It can be distinguished from other taxonomic systems, such as phenetics, by its focus on evolutionary relationships; while other systems usually use morphological similarities to group similar species into genera, families and other higher level classification, cladistics tries to construct a tree representing the ancestry of organisms and species.
Sure, it's pure phenetics, and of course the methodology and assumptions have been widely criticised, but their discoveries cannot simply be disregarded.
After all, it's DNA-DNA hybridisation -- pure, absolute phenetics.
Except when it's not (neighbour-joining, or the extinct UPGMA); then it's phenetics (= a mere measure of similarity in %, without even trying to tell retained from derived features).
Could the discussion of kinds in Genesis and Leviticus actually be an early attempt at producing the first taxomic field guide based on phenetics.
Though I was once told that if I didn’t include two successive outgroups in an analysis, I was just doing phenetics.
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