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Morphologists Learn to Live With Molecular Upstarts

Science  16 May 1997:
Vol. 276, Issue 5315, pp. 1032-1033
DOI: 10.1126/science.276.5315.1032

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PARIS-- About 200 biologists gathered here recently to look back over the past decade of progress in systematics--the discipline devoted to putting taxonomic classification of plants and animals on solid scientific ground. In the past, the face-off between proponents of morphological and molecular approaches to systematics was sometimes bitter. But at the Paris meeting, there were encouraging signs that the two camps have moved much closer together--and that systematists of all stripes are coming to appreciate the important roles that both molecular and morphological evidence must play in sorting out the many remaining puzzles in the field.

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