NOTES AND NEWS BRANCHIOPOD PHYLOGENY — CONTINUED MORPHOLOGICAL SUPPORT FOR HIGHER TAXA LIKE THE DIPLOSTRACA AND CLADOCERA, AND FOR PARAPHYLY OF ‘CONCHOSTRACA’ AND ‘SPINICAUDATA’ BY JØRGEN OLESEN 1 / Zoological Museum, University of Copenhagen, Universitetsparken15, DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark INTRODUCTION In response to a recently published note by Fryer (2001), which addressed a short paper of mine (Olesen, 2000), in itself written as a response to a critical paper by Fryer (1999) of my original article on branchiopod phylogeny (Olesen, 1998), a few comments are here presented. First, it should be noted that what is really needed now concerning progress in our understanding of branchiopod phylogeny, are constructive contributions either supplying new information or providing more strict cladistic interpretation of already available information. The latest contributions by Fryer and myself have only little relevance in this context. Nevertheless, it is necessary for me to respond again, since there could be a danger that some will just accept the claims made by Fryer because of the well-deserved authority he constitutes. As a matter of fact, many of the comments made by Fryer (2001) are meaningless. While some parts of Fryer (1999) were welcome because real errors were detected in
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Published: Jan 1, 2002
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