[Taxacom] I got them Nabokov Blues

J. Kirk Fitzhugh kfitzhugh at nhm.org
Wed Jan 26 12:59:40 CST 2011

Based just on Zimmer's article, Pierce et al. didn't perform any valid 
test of Nabokov's hypothesis. Rather, Pierce et al. inferred a 
hypothesis explaining a set of sequence data, whereas Nabokov's 
hypothesis explains certain anatomical data. All we're presented with 
are two separate explanations (Nabokov's and Pierce et al., assuming 
Pierce et al. made no attempt to integrate all relevant data), not a 
test of any one hypothesis.


J. Kirk Fitzhugh, Ph.D.
Curator of Polychaetes
Invertebrate Zoology Section
Research&  Collections Branch
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
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Los Angeles CA 90007
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On 1/25/2011 8:21 PM, Barry Roth wrote:
> http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/01/science/01butterfly.html?_r=2&hp&pagewanted=all
> Swing away, ladies and gents, at the approaches and assumptions underlying the original hypothesis and the interview comments by those who tested it.  I merely muse on the assist that having a taxonomist who is highly celebrated for his accomplishments in another field probably gave to the type size of the headline here.
> Barry Roth
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