cladism


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cladism

[′kla‚diz·əm]
(systematics)
A theory of taxonomy by which organisms are grouped and ranked on the basis of the most recent phylogenetic branching point.
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They argue that cladism is appropriately applied whenever groups are diverging.
Ridley, Mark [1986]: Evolution and Classification: The Reformulation of Cladism, London, Longman.
The history of cladism might have suited Cronin's 'whig' methodology very well.