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Re: Epanterias and Breviparopus
>Well, since synonymies of this sort are matters of conclusion, they
>are not necessarily final. In fact there is often a certain amount
>of disagreement on synonymies.
I take your point but, in sticking with an senior synonym or, worse still,
resurecting a long dead one, the reserector must give a valid reason why
they reject the synonomising in the first place. How does Bakker jutify
this or doesn't he bother?
>Bakker is what is called a "splitter" in taxonomic parlance. That
>is he splits organisms into more lower level groups than most other
>workers. For instnce he splits Stegosaurus into two genera!! Thus,
>from his point of view the names are not redundant, they are names
>of diffrent entities.
>[Bakker is perhaps the most extreme splitter amoung the current crop
>of paleontologists, while Greg Paul is the most extreme lumper -
>just about everybody else falls somewhere in between these two].
Yeh, I know about splitters and lumpers, having been accused of being both
with my work on croc (no rest for the wicked!). But splitting or lumping is
a fundementally different activity than resurecting oly synonyms, unless,
ofcourse, a splitter proceeds by using spent synonyms, which is what I
gather you are saying about Bakker.
Thanks for your reply and I must add that I have been particularly
impressed by the calm and patient replies I have seen you past to other
"Nature conceals her mysteries, not by her cunning, but by her essential