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n. (used with a sing. verb)
A system of classification based on the presumed phylogenetic relationships and evolutionary history of groups of organisms.

cla·dis′tic, cla·dis′ti·cal adj.
cla·dis′ti·cal·ly adv.


(Biology) (functioning as singular) biology a method of grouping animals that makes use of lines of descent rather than structural similarities
[C20: New Latin, from Greek klādos branch, shoot]
cladism n
cladist n


(kləˈdɪs tɪks)

n. (used with a pl. v.)
1. a system of classification of organisms based on the branchings of clades.
2. the study of such systems.
clad•ist (ˈklæd ɪst) n.
cla•dis′tic, adj.
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Noun1.cladistics - a system of biological taxonomy based on the quantitative analysis of comparative data and used to reconstruct cladograms summarizing the (assumed) phylogenetic relations and evolutionary history of groups of organisms
taxonomy - (biology) study of the general principles of scientific classification
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Possibly with the assistance of molecular biology and cladistics we may elucidate these problems of classification.
Cladistics and the comparative morphology of linyphiid spider and their relatives (Araneae, Araneoidea, Linyphiidae).
Cladistics and spider classification: araneomorph phylogeny and the monophyly of orbweavers (Araneae: Araneomorphae; Orbiculariae).
Floristics, cladistics, and classification: Three case studies in the Gentianales.
Their writing greatly expands the case Meyer argues for in Darwin's Doubt, ranging across subjects like orphan genes, cladistics, the famous "small shelly fossils," protein evolution, the length of the Cambrian explosion, the God-of-the-Gaps objection to ID, and more.
We can see, for example, the interlinking of archaeological and biological approaches in debates over modern humans, the use of evolutionary techniques of analysis, such as cladistics, and Darwinian approaches to even very recent archaeological situations.
Efficiency of parallel direct optimization, Cladistics 17(1): S71-S82.
His new edition is based upon a splendid marshalling of new resources that may, conceivably, yield even more results in the not-too-distant future (see my suggestion regarding cladistics analysis at the end of this review).
In botanical studies shape analysis is widely used in taxonomy and cladistics.
They see a grand synthesis between developmental genetics and cladistics, and work to interest students in creating it.