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cladistics

(klədĭs`tĭks) or

phylogenetic systematics

(fī'lōjənĕt`ĭk), an approach to the classificationclassification,
in biology, the systematic categorization of organisms into a coherent scheme. The original purpose of biological classification, or systematics, was to organize the vast number of known plants and animals into categories that could be named, remembered, and
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 of living things in which organisms are defined and grouped by the possession of one or more shared characteristics (called characters) that are derived from a common ancestor and that were not present in any ancestral group (as envisioned by Charles DarwinDarwin, Charles Robert,
1809–82, English naturalist, b. Shrewsbury; grandson of Erasmus Darwin and of Josiah Wedgwood. He firmly established the theory of organic evolution known as Darwinism.
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's idea of "descent with modification"). Developed by Willi Hennig, a German entomologist, in the 1950s, it is a method of reconstructing evolutionary relationships that emphasizes the importance of descent and common ancestry rather than chronology.

Cladistics places species in a group, or clade, based on a shared character. Within a clade, species that share other characters unique to them are grouped together, and so on, until a cladogram (a branching diagram that resembles a family tree) is assembled. For example, all vertebrates make up a clade; all tetrapods (vertebrates that have four limbs with wrists, ankles, toes, and fingers) form their own clade within the vertebrate clade. In this example the vertebrate clade would be considered "primitive" and the tetrapod clade "derived" or "advanced." In living creatures genetic characters or behaviors as well as more obvious anatomical features might be considered in assembling a cladogram. In paleontologypaleontology
[Gr.,= study of early beings], science of the life of past geologic periods based on fossil remains. Knowledge of the existence of fossils dates back at least to the ancient Greeks, who appear to have regarded them as the remains of various mythological creatures.
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 the characters are necessarily skeletal.

Cladistics is especially significant in paleontology, as it points out gaps in the fossil evidence. It is also felt to be more objective than fossil study, which of necessity extrapolates from a limited number of finds that may or may not be representative of the whole.

See also fossilfossil,
remains or imprints of plants or animals preserved from prehistoric times by the operation of natural conditions. Fossils are found in sedimentary rock, asphalt deposits, and coal and sometimes in amber and certain other materials.
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; datingdating,
the determination of the age of an object, of a natural phenomenon, or of a series of events. There are two basic types of dating methods, relative and absolute.
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cladistics

Biology a method of grouping animals that makes use of lines of descent rather than structural similarities
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They are apomorphic type evolved spermatozoons as they present many of the characteristics described by Jamieson et al.
Otoliths at earlier juvenile stages generally exhibit a more pleisomorphic condition, while apomorphic characters evolve only in later developmental stages (Nolf 1985; Schwarzhans 1999).
beniensis, from the rio Madeira drainage; Owiyeye is diagnosed by the absence of dermosphenotic, a derived pattern of frontal squamation, and a colour pattern of the mandibular region, and includes species from the Amazonas and Orinoco river basins; Melanorivulus is diagnosed by an apomorphic morphology of preopercle, and derived colour patterns of male postorbital region and female unpaired fins, and includes species from southern Amazonian tributaries, Parana-Paraguay river system, and Parnaiba and Sao Francisco river basins.
In this paper, we analyze the underlying developmental causes for evolutionary diversification of seed plant female gametophytes and specifically focus on the evolution of one of the most highly apomorphic seed plant female gametophytes.
1981; Williams, 1978), these data suggest that chromosomal rearrangements following fusion events may have been gradual, but were largely apomorphic (J.
As such the overall systematic value of orbicules in flowering plants is restricted for not being an apomorphic feature.
The absence of a humeral spot in closer outgroups to rivulids suggests that the presence of this spot is apomorphic for some rivulid taxa (Costa 19986).
hispidus revealed five apomorphic substitutions in the population from Yuma County.
First, within a species exhibiting an apomorphic condition, rare variants exhibit the condition usually present in successive stem-lineages.
Indeed, Bickel (1996: 1168) considered Asyndetus and Cryptophleps as sister taxa based on apomorphic wing characters: "Costa ends at [R.
For Andersen's Character 3 (form of hairs on body), Bacillometra as defined herein exhibits an apomorphic condition that would place it in the Hydrometrinae.