lnu.sePublications
Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Phylogenetic hypotheses, taxonomic sameness and the reference of taxon names
Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för livsvetenskaper.
Linnaeus University, The University Administration.
2008 (English)In: Zoologica Scripta, ISSN 0300-3256, E-ISSN 1463-6409, Vol. 37, no 3, 337-347 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Resource type
Text
Abstract [en]

When scientists use a taxon name like Mammalia, it is important that they talk about the same thing. But, what does it mean to be the same thing in different phylogenetic hypotheses? And, how is taxonomic reference maintained across hypotheses? Here, we discuss the differences between real and hypothetical clades, and how such a distinction relates to the sameness problem. Since hypotheses influence how we perceive things and pursue science, we find it important to have a functioning nomenclatural system for clades as perceived in phylogenetic hypotheses. As a solution to the sameness problem for such clades, we argue that a taxon name does not primarily refer to a single clade that somehow mirror the reality of branches in the tree of life. Instead we suggest that a taxon name refers to a set, or natural kind, of counterfactual and reconstructed clades.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 37, no 3, 337-347 p.
National Category
Natural Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-51339DOI: 10.1111/j.1463-6409.2007.00323.xISI: 000254954700008Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-42149140801OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-51339DiVA: diva2:914694
Available from: 2011-02-08 Created: 2016-03-24 Last updated: 2016-03-24

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Other links

Publisher's full textScopus

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Bertrand, YannHärlin, Mikael
By organisation
The University Administration
In the same journal
Zoologica Scripta
Natural Sciences

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

Altmetric score

Total: 60 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf