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Beyond Cladistics: The Branching of a Paradigm

David M. Williams and Sandra Knapp


Cladistics, or phylogenetic systematics — an approach to discovering, unraveling, and testing hypotheses of evolutionary history — took hold during a turbulent and acrimonious time in the history of systematics. During this period — the 1960s and 1970s — much of the foundation of modern systematic methodology was established as cladistic approaches became widely accepted. Virtually complete by the end of the 1980s, the wide perception has been that little has changed. This volume vividly illustrates that cladistic methodologies have continued to be developed, improved upon, and effectively use ... More

Keywords: cladistics, phylogenetic systematics, evolutionary history, systematics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780520267725
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520267725.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David M. Williams, editor
The Natural History Museum of London

Sandra Knapp, editor
The Natural History Museum of London