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Darwin-L Message Log 5:107 (January 1994)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

This is one message from the Archives of Darwin-L (1993–1997), a professional discussion group on the history and theory of the historical sciences.

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<5:107>From DEWAR%UCONNVM.BITNET@KU9000.CC.UKANS.EDU  Wed Jan 19 11:11:23 1994

Date: Wed, 19 Jan 1994 12:05:45 -0500 (EST)
From: Bob Dewar <DEWAR%UCONNVM.BITNET@KU9000.CC.UKANS.EDU>
Subject: Re: Systematics and linguistics
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu

Tom Cravens asked for a definition of "reticulate".  The word derives from
romance language words meaning net.  In historical terms, reticulate evolution
is where the lines of descent diverge and converge like the intertwined fibers
of a fabric.  It is sometimes used in contrast to "dendritic", where lines of
descent continue, stop or divide, but never converge.

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