Randall T. Schuh. 2000. Biological Systematics: Principles and Applications. Cornell University Press, 256 p.

In the preface of this compact book, the author explains his aim of presenting “a coherent and logically consistent view of systematic theory founded on cladistic methodology and the principle of parsimony” (p. vii) while adopting a style of argument and critique. I must state my antipathy to the aims of this book at the outset. I have nothing against Hennigian thinking or cladistic methods per se. My difficulty is with the attitude that any other approach is wrongheaded and indefensible. I have never found arguments...

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