[Taxacom] Social aspects of paraphyly

Jim Croft jim.croft at gmail.com
Thu Mar 3 21:06:00 CST 2011

Thank you, Taxacom.  And that is why taxonomic papers never have LOL
punchline conclusions and why we never get invited to any of the good


On Fri, Mar 4, 2011 at 1:06 PM, Kenneth Kinman <kennethkinman at webtv.net> wrote:
> Hi Bob,
>      It's a cute cartoon, but unfortunately the cartoonist was making
> fun of the wrong group.  It is not ornithologists as a group that are
> advocating "folding" birds into reptiles.  It is actually herpetologists
> (especially dinosaur herpetologists) who INSIST that birds ARE dinosaurs
> (and thus reptiles), rather than the more moderate view that birds are
> better regarded as just reptile descendants (which they clearly are).
>      So if one is going make fun of paraphylophobia, it should be
> directed more at herpetologists, NOT ornithologists.  Not that all
> herpetologists are guilty of such phobic behavior, but there are now so
> many dinosaur herpetologists out there that are paraphylophobic that
> they tend to dominate the herpetological literature when it comes to an
> insistence on strict paraphyly.  On the other hand, there is no obvious
> reason to assume that ornithologists as a whole support such an extreme
> paraphylophobic approach to classification.
>        ------------ Ken Kinman
> ------------------------------------------------------
> Bob Mesibov wrote:
> http://xkcd.com/867/
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