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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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Instead they were probably the work of our extinct sister species, the Neanderthals - once dismissed as stupid, brutish creatures having more in common with chimpanzees than people.
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Eastern gorillas, revised from a lesser category of "endangered," join their sister species, the Western gorilla, and both species of orangutan, which were already on the list as critically endangered.
(2002) found genetic evidence of limited dispersal in the Tidewater Goby (Eucyclogobius newberryi), which inhabits seasonally closed estuaries, whereas its sister species the Arrow Goby (Clevelandia ios), which inhabits open systems, lacked regional genetic divergence.
roseni is replaced by the sister species Olomina Brachyrhaphis terrabensis, which occurs upwards of 1,250 m in elevation, and tends to prefer cool and fast streams (Bussing, 1998).
But its NOR location and heterochromatin distribution patterns indicated a unique cytogenetic profile when compared to its sister species, emphasizing the evolutionary uniqueness of this relatively new and unknown species.
But the frog's camouflage has proved no match for a deadly skin fungus that's suppressing the immune systems of amphibians around the world and appears to have caused the northern Darwin frog, which lived in Chile, to become extinct; its sister species, the southern Darwin frog, which lives in Chile and Argentina, is endangered.