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Re: cladistics and names



>Relative to Chris Brochu's comment (12/21/98; 10:18a), there are degrees 
>of cultural taxonomy.  Logically there shouldn't be, but the world isn't 
>always logical (Scotty, beam me up!).  Of course I wouldn't suggest that 
>it's OK to call a porpoise a fish because it swims, to use yet another 
>example of taxonomic ignorance in the public mind.

Two of my favourites are classifying crocodiles as fish (this was done to
get crocodile meat into Germany for the cullenary olympics. Crocodile meat
is not specified on EC lists so it was classified as fish) and Biblical
records of bats as fowl (Lev 11: 19-23).