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the evolution of disparity in body plans (was Re: synapomorphies)



Robert.J.Meyerson@uwrf.edu claims:

> Since Gould's punk eq has shown quite convincingly that the tree of
> life is actually shaped like a pine

It wasn't punk eek, and it wasn't so convincing.  I'm presuming that
Rob is referring to Gould's book _Wonderful Life_.  The book is great
for its pictures, but most of the problematica described therein have
since been placed comfortably into lineages with contemporary
representatives.  In short, Gould's major thesis in that book was most
likely wrong.

-- 
Mickey Rowe     (rowe@lepomis.psych.upenn.edu)