[Taxacom] hominid evidence

Richard Zander Richard.Zander at mobot.org
Thu Jul 2 09:09:00 CDT 2009

Julian Huxley, I understand, suggested we are the "Psychozoa" (as
mentioned by a previous taxacomer). That's overly autapomorphic, I
think, unless . . . 

If there were a hox gene that coded for large brains, then porpoises,
whales, and other big-brained, cultured, music-appreciating organisms
might have an evolutionary ancestor shared with us down there in the
genome. I await with some trepidation new evo-devo discoveries and new
cladistic trees reorganizing the Crown of Evolution into a clade based
on hoax genes.  :)

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Subject: Re: [Taxacom] hominid evidence

On the specific example of human-ape comparisons, a significant 
difficulty is that humans are morphologically highly apomorphic

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