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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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The new idea was called cladistics and it is now the established idea.
Cladistics analysis and biogeography of Brachystethus Laporte (Heteroptera, Pentatomidae, Edessinae).
They have enlarged the chapters on cladistics to incorporate recent developments in molecular phylogenetics that have altered ideas about evolutionary relationships.
Biological systematics offers an avenue in this endeavour, namely, cladistics (from the Greek klados, i.
Coddington, 2008, "Quantitative Tests of Primary Homology", Cladistics, vol.
The spider infraorder mygalomorphae (Araneae): cladistics and systematics.
In brief, cladistics creates hypotheses of evolutionary descent with explicit rules surrounding changes in the form of things through time.
They see a grand synthesis between developmental genetics and cladistics, and work to interest students in creating it.
He has served as editor for a number of scientific journals, including Systematic Zoology (1977-1979), the Journal of the New York Entomological Society (1983-1989), and Cladistics (1990-1993).
Cladistics, biogeography, and host relationships of the flea subgenus Ctenophthalmus (Alloctenus), with the description of a new Mexican species (Siphonaptera: Ctenophthalmidae).