Ornithogaloideae Monograph

David Pilling pbs@pilling.demon.co.uk
Wed, 15 Jun 2011 04:15:55 PDT
In message <>, J.E. 
Shields <jshields@indy.net> writes
>Taxonomy is part and parcel of the biological sciences, and is itself a
>science.  The  reason classifications tend to keep changing is that they
>are intended to reflect our best scientific understanding of the
>relationships of the species in the groups treated.

There is a current BBC TV series Botany:A Blooming History, the first 
episode of which (available to view here, probably not if you're outside 
the UK):


explains how the current system of names came to be. It is presented by 
Timothy Walker curator of the Oxford Botanic Garden.

Point being, isn't the current 200 year old system merely a model and 
why should reality fit that model. What is going on with splitting and 
clumping is an attempt to fit the data to the model. Can we have a new 

David Pilling
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