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 (klăd′ĭst, klā′dĭst)
One who classifies organisms according to the principles of cladistics.
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Everyone is happy to be a cladist and to score the dimensions of a clamshell, but if we say that all these structures were involved in initiation of replication, then the reaction is: What does that have to do with anything?
This justification for using taxonomic data does not involve the assumption that higher taxa are "real" - by which a cladist generally means holophyletic - or that taxonomic ranks are assigned using uniform standards.