How does classification differ from phylogeny?

1 Answer
Jul 18, 2014

By classification do you are mean that you are attempting to classify organisms based on what they look like and other traits that you see? 2 people were influential in this method Peter Sneath and Robert Sokal.

This method is somewhat dated.

Phylogenetics is the study of evolutionary relationships among species or populations.

Taxonomy is a classification and naming of organisms usually with informed phylogenetics but is a distinct discipline.

The degree that taxonomies depend on phylogenetics depends on the school of taxonomy. Some don't use phylogenetics at all.

More and more, we're using both methods as the phylogenetics portion shows the evolutionary relationships not just the morphological relationships (what they look like).

Reference: Wikipedia.