noun (used with a singular verb)
- the study and classification of organisms with the goal of reconstructing their evolutionary histories and relationships.
- phylogenetic classification.
Examples from the Web for systematics
Dogmatics, systematics, dialectics were what everybody wanted.The Influence of the Bible on Civilisation|Ernst Von Dobschutz
And what would be the logical aspect of systematics in either case?
Allen's action was a necessary procedure in clearing up the systematics of South American weasels and was based on good grounds.American Weasels|E. Raymond Hall
Intention movements of flight in certain passerines, and their use in systematics.Natural History of the Bell Vireo, Vireo bellii Audubon|Jon C. Barlow
A new question seems to arise at this point: Have not we ourselves neglected history in favour of systematics and laws?