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What is the difference between Phylogenetic classification of organisms compared to the cladistics classfication ?



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Phylogenetic...is the probable evolutionary relationship among organisms. Phylogenetics can be broken into 3 parts...phenetics (based on physical appearance) cladistics (which divide organisms based on when they diverged in evolution) and classical taxonomy which is a combination of cladistics and phenetics...there is presently a heavier tendency to use molecular biology to determine the evolutionary association over physical appearances.

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