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Fwd: Transitional Fossils



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Forwarded message:
Subj:    Re: Transitional Fossils
Date:    95-10-03 22:56:17 EDT
>From:    Dinogeorge
To:      cnedin@geology.adelaide.edu.au

In a message dated 95-10-03 20:32:39 EDT, you write:

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>Transform cladistical definition of a palaeontologist:
>
>"An irritating person, constantly finding new specimens necessitating the
>re-evaluation of cladistically manufactured phylogenies."
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>

Keep up the good work. It's interesting how often specimens surface that
require "major rethinking" of the phylogenies that cladists arrive at using
their methodology. Boy, that _Mononykus_ sure threw them a curve. If they'd
get the phylogenies right the first time (or by the twentieth attempt), new
specimens could just be added onto the Big Cladogram as new branches without
the "major rethinking."

SIGH.