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Re: transitions abound -Reply
Another problem involves the psychology of classification. Take, for
example, a series of maybe 50 snail shells and tell a person that they
represent 5 different species and he'll make five different piles of shells.
Tell him that they represent transitions between one species and four
more and he'll make a trail of shells going from one pile to four more in
some way. A lot of what we see depends upon what we expect to see.
Evolution uber alles!
>>> "Mike Styzen Shelf Expl, 588-4308" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
05/07/98 09:07am >>>
Transitions do indeed abound. At the micropaleo level just about
everything is transitional. This is one of the things that makes my
job interesting. I seriously doubt that you would be able to impress a
non specialist with examples of transitional nannoplankton
species though...too bad.
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