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upward classificationAufwärtsklassifikation (ger.)

  • A process of classification that starts with comparing entities at lower rank, such as species, and subsequently leads to taxonomic groups of higher rank, such as orders, classes or phyla.
    taxonomy
    1974

    It is the abandonment of the principle of upward classification, dominant since Darwin, and its replacement by Aristotle’s downward classification which is the fatal flaw in the philosophy of cladistic classification.

    Mayr, E. (1974). Cladistic analysis or cladistic classification? Z. zool. Syst. Evolutionsforsch. 12, 94-128. (in: Evolution and the Diversity of Life, Cambridge, Mass., 433-476): 448.