[Taxacom] feathered flying fish

Kenneth Kinman kennethkinman at webtv.net
Wed Mar 25 20:40:49 CDT 2009

        So your ichthyologist friend considers himself a
fish? Sponges are also probably paraphyletic, so I guess he would
consider himself a sponge too. Bryophyta is paraphyletic, so does that
mean cacti are bryophytes?      
       Anyway, this is the first time I've ever heard birds call
"feathered flying fish", even in jest. To me all this just further
demonstrates the absurdity of paraphylophobia and compulsive obsessions
with strict cladifications.      
Kenneth Kinman wrote: 
       Well, I didn't actually set myself up, because I
specified "fish".  Owls are descendants of fish, but they are not fish.      

Curtis responded:   
       Not according to my cladist ichthyologist friend (although he
explicitly doesn't study the feathered flying fish). 

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