[Taxacom] New systematics book

JF Mate aphodiinaemate at gmail.com
Mon Sep 9 09:56:46 CDT 2013


Information content of classifications is inversely related to their ease
of use and stability. And since everybody┬┤s threshold is different in this
inherently subjective matter, I doubt there is an optimum sweet spot that
will please the majority.

Jason



On 9 September 2013 16:39, Curtis Clark <lists at curtisclark.org> wrote:

> On 2013-09-09 7:29 AM, Richard Jensen wrote:
> > I agree with Ken.  The expression "Birds are descended from Reptiles" is
> > more informative and interesting than is "Birds are Reptiles."  First, it
> > clearly states an evolutionary hypothesis.  Second, it encourages the
> > reader to consider what lineage of reptiles differentiated into birds and
> > how this happened.
>
> The expression "birds are maniraptoran theropods" is more informative
> than either one (and more easily subject to falsification, however that
> might work in systematics).
>
> And no one (that I know of) says "birds are descended from amniotes" or
> "birds are descended from vertebrates", or even "humans are descended
> from mammals".
>
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