[Taxacom] feathered flying fish
deepreef at bishopmuseum.org
Wed Mar 25 22:27:34 CDT 2009
We're all just colonial assemblages of symbiotic prokaryotes, serving as an
environment for other prokaryotes.
There are no species; only descendants.
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> [mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of
> Kenneth Kinman
> Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 3:41 PM
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> Subject: [Taxacom] feathered flying fish
> 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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