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Re: Taxonomy is insane
>After all, if we are going to demand money to
>do research, we might want to be able to produce some more meaningful
Would you clarify what these "meaningful results" would be? I hope this is=
not in the financial sense.
The big thing that separates paleontology from the other sciences is that=
there is no way to make money off our work (except for certian cinema types=
and toy manufacturers). Right now, with our Imperial Mammoth controlled=
Congress, the only thing that is worth doing is those things that make=
money (especially on the short term basis). Granted, for the majority of=
fossil groups, the taxonomy is a real mess, but (IMHO) any paleo-type who=
works on a group without trying to make sense of the taxonomy (phylogenies=
included) can't be taken too seriously. I don't think that a scientist can=
really know a group without doing taxonomy first.
Would a Night Mare be considered a galloping pun?