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On Monday, September 8, 2003, at 10:17 PM, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. wrote:
Ranks were no more than a bookkeeping device in the early days of
taxonomy, back when the task of taxonomy was simply to lump critters
specific set of groups. With the recognition that evolution is the
these groups, and the recognition that there are important groups to
found between the traditional "ranks", the utility of the rank
concept is at
Hope this helps.
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
It does immensely, thank you. Obviously a major shift has occurred
while I was off indulging in matters other than science for several