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Re: Response to Gould?
In a message dated 12/1/00 12:08:56 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> Birds are the living descendants of dinosaurs, but different enough
> that I won't go as far as to say they ARE living dinosaurs. I don't find
> it the slightest bit surprising that many other people see it the same
> Can be as irritating as someone saying "termites ARE cockroaches" or
> ARE scorpionflies".
Um, as far as I know, the someone saying this would be irritating because
that person would be *wrong*--unless you can direct me to some evidence that
termites and fleas are phylogenetically nested within the groups commonly
referred to as cockroaches and scorpionflies, respectively.
I don't see why calling birds dinosaurs would make you any less comfortable
than calling fleas insects, or arthropods, or protostomes, or metazoans.