The Definition of Protista

David J. Patterson paddy at EXTRO.UCC.SU.OZ.AU
Sat Jul 30 01:46:34 EST 1994


WHAT IS THE QUESTION?

IS IT 
 WHY ARE THE PROTISTA A KINGDOM
OR IS IT
 WHY IS THERE A GROUP CALLED PROTISTA

AS POINTED OUT BY OODLES OF WRITERS, THE PROTISTA ARE PARAPHYLETIC, AND 
THERE IS NO CHARACTER WHICH THEY, TO THE EXCLUSION OF ALL OTHER 
ORGANISMS, SHARE.  SOME MIGHT SAY THE CONCEPT IS OBSOLETE.

DAVID PATTERSON

On 29 Jul 1994, Joe Kang wrote:

> Why was a separate kingdom, the Protista Kingdom created?  What are some 
> of the unique characteristics of a Protista and how do they fit in the 
> world today? Any information would be excellent!
> 
> --John
> 
> 



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