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Trends Ecol Evol. 1994 Jan;9(1):27-31. doi: 10.1016/0169-5347(94)90231-3.

Toward a phylogenetic system of biological nomenclature.

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Kevin de Queiroz is at the Dept of Vertebrate Zoology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560, USA.


Despite the widely held belief that modem biological taxonomy is evolutionary, some of the most fundamental concepts and principles in the current system of biological nomenclature are based on a nonevolutionary convention that pre-dates widespread acceptance of an evolutionary world view by more than a century. The development of a phylogenetic system of nomenclature requires reformulating these concepts and principles so that they are no longer based on the Linnean categories but on the tenet of common descent.

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