I have recently read that cladistics has been proclaimed to be "based on
punctuated equilibria." I have also read "cladists... can only smirk at
the suggestion that cladistics derives from puctuated equilibria.
Cladistics...has been ridiculed in ultra-Darwinian quarters because of
the apparently antievolutionary stance adopted over the last decade by
some of its more ardent supporters."
I admit that I know very little about cladistics, but how can any cladist
adopt an antievolutionary stance and how does cladistics relate to
punctuated equilibria (if it indeed does)?
Can anyone shed some light on these issues?