Alec Panchen

British paleontologist (1930-2013)

Alec Panchen (4 October 1930 – 17 January 2013) was a British zoologist, palaeontologist and taxonomic theorist.


  • The natural order of organisms is a divergent inclusive hierarchy and that hierarchy is recognized by taxic homology.
    • Characterizing the sufficient and necessary beliefs of "transformed" or "pattern" cladists. In Classification, Evolution and the Nature of Biology (1992), p. 194.