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Posted by vvvddd on October 16, 2002 at 20:42:23:
In Reply to: Re: Taxonomy is a matter of evidence...most of the time posted by WW on October 16, 2002 at 12:15:30:
I just looked over that paper you put on one of your posts concerning the use of molecular and morphological cues in taxonomy. It makes more sense now that mtDNA cues can't really distinguish between adjacent population. How do you determine if they are reproductively isolated or not, especially if they are very similar groups (ie 'subspecies' of ratsnake)? I guess some morphological cues might help, but what about behavior or niche colonization?
As a undergrad, these phylogenetic/taxonomic/evolutionary issues really intrigue me and its something I really would like to get involved in, but there is a ton of terminology and info that I need to learn first. My evolution class and the discussions I read/take part in here are helping a lot! Thanks to everyone for taking the time to talk about this stuff that most of my classmates enthusiastically call boring!