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From: "J & J Simpson" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] What is a clade?
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 15:54:10 +0100
Throughout this discussion, which I've been following with interest, I've
had a feeling that people are confusing 'clade' with 'clan' and using them
interchangeably. Have a look at Vincent's definition of 'clade' below, then
compare it with Wikipedia's definition of 'clan' at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clan - seems remarkably similar.
[Steps back and waits for the flak to fly]
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> Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 09:05:18 -0400
> From: Vincent Vizachero <>
> Subject: Re: [DNA] What is a clade?
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> I don't think the problem is that you know "too much" about this topic.
> A clade is group of things that descend from a common ancestor.
> Anyone who thinks there is more to it than that has been misled by
> Put another way, a clade is a set of objects that share one (and only
> one) common characteristic: a common ancestor.
> If we could simply elevate everyone's understanding to grasp that
> definition, I'd call that progress.