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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.
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(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
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(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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thesis committee, MIT microbiologist Penny Chisholm, tells the story of a photosynthetic bacterium that she discovered called Prochlorococcus, which is a sister genus to Synechococcus.
Kerodon was traditionally included within the subfamily Caviinae with guinea pigs and its relatives, but now it is placed as sister genus from Hydrochoerus within the Hydrochoerinae subfamily, according to new molecular studies by Rowe and Honeycutt (2002).
On morphological grounds it seems safe to say that the ancestor of the lineage was probably a plant with a lateral-winged samara that reached western Mexico via long-distance dispersal from southern South America, where Camarea, the sister genus, occurs.
After analysis of data obtained from the literature and subsequent evaluation of diagnostic generic/species features, the taxonomic position of the genus Tritogenia together with its sister genus Michalakus was seen in a new light.
Sister genus Pehria Sprague, with approximately the same distributional range and habitats in Central and South America as Adenaria, shares a similar seed structure but differs by a selerenchymatous, rather than a spongy, mesotesta (pers.
Name formed by analogy with the sister genus Cristobalina Rehn, 1938.