[Taxacom] New systematics book
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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.
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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