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Re: Family Ties
At 05:36 PM 5/17/97 -0400, Jack Frost wrote:
> but these stuffy lamebrained Ivy League types we have classifying
>these animals don't know ... yet that they need to classify the said
>animals by their CREST SHAPE.
I disagree most strenuously.
The crests are almost certainly species-specific display features. This
means that they are prone to rapid, divergent, episodic evolution. This
makes them extremely *poor* taxonomic characters. They simply change too
fast, and too often, to be useful for much beyond recognizing species, and
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