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Re: labels are imaginary



On Mon, 5 Feb 1996 Dinogeorge@aol.com wrote:

> In a message dated 96-02-05 18:20:20 EST, pharrinj@PLU.edu (Nicholas J.
> Pharris) writes:
> 
> >> Birds aren't just another twig on the bush; they're a whole new bush on
> the
> >> bush.
> >
> >Sauropods, though, are just as much a "bush on the bush," as are 
> >ceratopians, stegosaurs, etc...
> 
> Not really. There are almost 10,000 species of birds, but less than 200
> species of sauropods. Even fewer stegosaurs, ceratopians, etc.

[sound of a loud buzzer]

Sorry, Mr. Olshevsky.  Thank you for playing.

Sheer numbers of species have little to do with real disparity.  IMHO 
there is a heck of a lot more disparity between _Deinonychus_ and 
_Diplodocus_ than between _Deinonychus_ and _Dromaius_.

Nick Pharris
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA 98447
(206)535-8204
PharriNJ@PLU.edu

"If you can't convince them, confuse them." -- Harry S. Truman