[Taxacom] domestication of the house cat

Richard Zander Richard.Zander at mobot.org
Wed Jul 4 10:25:15 CDT 2007

Well, biogeographers might make conclusions about migration patterns of
cats associated with some environmental variable, anthropologists might
draw conclusions about migration of grain-producing peoples,
parasitologists about coevolution, etc. Systematics and phylogenetics
can affect many other fields, and we need to provide a metric of degree
of confidence in our work.

The actual article, thanks Jan!, uses the word "suggests". That's good. 

I much appreciate Donat's posting of this interesting problem. 

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu [mailto:taxacom-
> bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Karl Magnacca
> Sent: Tuesday, July 03, 2007 4:44 PM
> To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
> Subject: Re: [Taxacom] domestication of the house cat
> Um...what kind of action would you expect a scientist to take upon
> learning that domestic cats are mostly descended from Libyan rather
> European wildcats?  While it is pretty interesting, it doesn't strike
> as an issue of overwhelming importance with serious implications if
> actions are taken on the wrong conclusion.
> Karl
> =====================
> Karl Magnacca, UC-Berkeley

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