Darwin-L Message Log 3:59 (November 1993)

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<3:59>From leh1@Lehigh.EDU  Mon Nov 15 11:46:57 1993

Date: Mon, 15 Nov 1993 12:30:29 EST
From: leh1@Lehigh.EDU (Lynn E. Hanninen)
Subject: phenetics vs cladistics vs evol. class.
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu

I'm a grad student sitting in on a grad course in -systematics.-  I'm a psych
major with little formal training in biology, taxonomy, etc.  I'm reading a
book about principles of sytematics in zoology (by Mayr?).  It's a tad
confusing; the jargon confuses me.

Could some kind soul BRIEFLY summarize the MAJOR differences between
phenetics, cladistics & evolutionary classification?
Also, please define (simply):

What is the difference between derived and ancestral characters?

You can reply privately if you like to leh1@lehigh.edu

thanks (sorry if I sound ignorant; I'm trying!)


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