[Taxacom] paleodicots

Kenneth Kinman kennethkinman at webtv.net
Mon Feb 22 09:00:01 CST 2010

Hi Steve,
       I'm not too worried about that.  I don't know who first coined
the term "paleodicot", but I assume it was a neobotanist.  The prefix
"paleo" means old or ancient, not necessarily extinct.  And the term
paleodicots is paired with eudicots (not neodicots), so that helps. 
      And we have the formal taxon  Paleognathae (ratites and tinamous)
paired with Neognathae, and even that doesn't seem to cause much
problem.  Other formal extant taxa include Palaeoptera (in insects) and
Paleoheterodonta and Palaeoloricata (for molluscs), and

Steve Manning wrote:
The only problem that occurs to me about "paleodicots" is the possible
implication that they are all extinct.  Isn't a 
paleobotanist one who studies fossils?  Early-divergent angiosperms
doesn't have that problem, at least for me. 

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