Defining Baramin with Cladistics

Cladistics is a system based on ancestry which began in the 1960’s. The term ‘Cladistics’ comes from the Greek word κλάδος ‘klados’ which means ‘branch’ and a cladogram is a branching diagram (much like a family tree) showing the ancestral relationship between species.

Cladistics is not Taxonomy

Cladistics should not be confused with Taxonomy. Cladistics connects species by ancestry. Taxonomy connects species by common characteristics. While Creationists and Evolutionists generally agree on the taxonomy of a species, there is often disagreement in Cladistics (especially above the Family level).

Clades within a Kind

In regards to Baraminology, all species that have descended from a Created Kind are related. This would generally include all members descended from the Genesis Kinds formed at the time of Creation. However, some groups are also actively looking more specifically into the descendants from the Ark Kinds at the time of the Noah’s Flood.

Cladistics Terminology

Cladistics terminology is becoming common in the field of Baraminology. The common prefixes of cladistics terminology (including holo-, mono-, apo-, poly-, archae-, paleo-, and neo-) have carried over. Therefore, the following terms are commonly seen within technical papers on Baramin studies and should be well understood to aid in reading them.

– The Greek ‘Holos’ means ‘whole’ so a holobaramin represents the entire group related by common ancestry including both past and present generations: Example – all of mankind
– Represents the original created members of a baramin: Example – Adam and Eve
– Represents a past population (can include extinct groups): Example – Antediluvian (pre-flood) civilization
– Represents the entire living population of a baramin: Example – the ~7 billion people alive today
– The Greek ‘mono’ means ‘single or one’ so a monobaramin represents some members of a single baramin and usually forming a clade: Example – Descendants of the Scottish clan MacIntosh
– The Greek ‘apo’ means ‘away from’ so an apobaramin represents one or more entire unrelated baramin: Example – Mankind and Horses
– The Greek ‘poly’ means ‘many’ so a polybaramin represents a mixed group of more than one baramin which usually share a common characteristic: Example – Europeans and European Horses
XXXVIB. Last Updated: 10/01/2016
Todd Elder

Todd Elder

Todd Elder has a deep desire to understand and experience Creation. As a Baraminologist, his current research includes developing the Katagenos Species Concept, the Natanzera Classification System, and the Floral Formula Method of determining Plant Kinds. As an author and speaker, his books and seminar materials are designed to encourage a growing relationship with the Creator.
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