phylogenetics

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phylogenetics

(fī′lō-jə-nĕt′ĭks)
n. (used with a sing. verb)
The study of phylogeny.
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On the other hand, Hodgson does suggest that the later Hayek made some steps towards a fully-fledged phylogenetic theory of cultural evolution.
Linnaean nomenclature is stable enough to say what we know, flexible enough to accommodate what we learn; independent of specific theory, yet reflective of known empirical data; compatible with phylogenetic theory, but not a slave to it; particular enough for precise communication, general enough to reflect refuted hypotheses.
The development of phylogenetic theory and methodology has created opportunities for testing evolutionary hypotheses (Coddington 1988; Carpenter 1989; Donoghue 1989; Maddison 1990; Brooks and McLennan 1991; Farrell and Mitter 1993; Maddison 1994; Cocroft and Ryan 1995; Miller and Wenzel 1995; Ryan and Rand 1995).
But neither phylogenetic theory nor any other approach offers practical help to fossil species hunters, Tattersall maintains.