[Taxacom] feathered flying fish
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Wed Mar 25 22:11:51 CDT 2009
On 2009-03-25 18:40, Kenneth Kinman wrote:
> So your ichthyologist friend considers himself a
Yes. He specializes in teleosts, though, and does not regard himself to
be a teleost.
> Sponges are also probably paraphyletic, so I guess he would
> consider himself a sponge too.
I'm guessing he doesn't have an opinion on that one. At the height of
his career, I think most people still thought of sponges as monophyletic.
> Bryophyta is paraphyletic, so does that
> mean cacti are bryophytes?
I don't know many cladists who use the term "bryophyte"; it was already
ambiguous in that it could be used either for the moss clade or for the
non-xylem-producing land plants. Cacti are certainly land plants.
> 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.
It seems to me than any scholar should be able to consider a half-dozen
contradictory ideas at the same time. For a Red Queen, they can even be
impossible and before breakfast. IMO, the only issue is usefulness to
non-scholars, and of course we disagree about that.
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