[Taxacom] panbiogeography critique

John Grehan jgrehan at sciencebuff.org
Mon Jun 29 13:27:43 CDT 2009


Unlike Simpson, Croizat got it right in recognizing that biogeography
and tectonics are related. Also, Croizat may have been the first
biogeographer to correlate plate tectonic features with biogeographic
distributions.

John Grehan

Dr. John R. Grehan

Director of Science

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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 mivie at montana.edu
> Sent: Monday, June 29, 2009 1:28 PM
> To: Frederick W Schueler
> Cc: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
> Subject: Re: [Taxacom] panbiogeography critique
> 
> Perfect example of why Authority is not a way to evaluate science.
> Simpson was the epitome of authority,  in spite of being startlingly
> wrong.
> 
> > Robin Leech wrote:
> >
> >> Until J. Tuzo Wilson of the U. of Toronto, in late 1963, in the
> Canadian
> >> Journal of Physics, elaborated and explained how drifting
continents
> and
> >> plate tectonics go together, most scientists were still doubters.
> >
> > * growing up in the era when plate tectonics was the current
scientific
> > revolution, I was always impressed by the way zoogeographers skated
> > around what we now take to be the evidence for it.
> >
> > In my file of mini-reviews of books I find on the bedroom floor,
there's
> > this entry:
> >
> > Simpson, George Gaylord. 1953. Life of the Past: An introduction to
> > paleontology. xii+198 pp. -- probably from the collection of the
late
> > P.W. Schueler. GGS shows himself not to have anticipated
phylogenetic
> > systematics, not even a little tiny bit. Though he did anticipate
> > continental drift - a little tiny bit in a grudgingly negative way.
> >
> >         Quite entertainingly, for us now, Simpson says that the
creation
> > of the Atlantic Ocean by continental rifting is impossible, and that
> > there's no evidence for it, unless the rifting was so long in the
past
> > as to coincide with the dates now accepted for the creation of the
> > Atlantic Ocean by continental rifting, and then cites a lot of the
> > relationships which are now considered to be the result of the
> rifting...
> >
> > fred.
> > =====================================
> >
> >> It was the botanists who championed continental drift at a time
when
> >> most
> >> zoologists poo-poohed it.  In fact some zoologists went so far as
to
> say
> >> that the botanists used continental drift to explain what good
science
> >> could
> >> not.  In other words, used the explanation of continental drift as
a
> >> crutch.
> >>
> >> As a kid in Vernon, BC, during WWII, I can recall my Father showing
me
> a
> >> globe of the world.  He showed how South America and Africa fit
> >> together,
> >> and explained how they used to be one continent.  Further, that
some of
> >> the
> >> insect groups and other animals were related.  Dad was a water
beetle
> >> specialist.
> >
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