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Re: infuriating taxonomic discussion



In a message dated 96-02-09 02:05:56 EST, pharrinj@PLU.edu (Nicholas J.
Pharris) writes:

>> In a message dated 96-02-09 01:23:32 EST, pharrinj@PLU.edu (Nicholas J.
>> Pharris) writes:
>> 
>> >Dinosaurs were a big, variegated bush, only one branch of which has 
>> >happened to survive to this day.  It doesn't become a different bush 
>> >simply by virtue of that fact.
>> 
>> No, it becomes a different bush because most of the organisms on the bush
>are
>> in so many ways different from most of the organisms in the parent bush.
>
>You seem to be missing the point.  It can never be a different bush, 
>because it's growing from the same root!
>
>

It's a different bush. The root doesn't matter; the morphology of the
organisms does.