Whoever said cladistics were useless?
Certainly I haven’t.*
An example has just surfaced that shows the importance of taxonomy to this day. Sadly, taxonomists’ vindication may come at the cost of a species of fish, the flapper skate, now recognized as critically-endangered. Classification of this fish as the same species as the related blue skate has allowed the flapper to be fished almost to extinction, and all because of a classification error.
So while the fact remains that taxonomy is mostly an outdated field, there might still be some role for the science of natural classification yet. Just not in any of the important sciences.
Wired Science: ID Error Leaves Fish at Edge of Extinction
*This may be a lie.