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Re: AMARGASAURUS (& taxonomy generally)

>Ah, but the first part of this quote removes the rationale for the second.
>Nature has given us a finite set of individuals to look at.  All we have to
>do is determine the interrelationships of those individuals (hard in
>practice, but easy in theory), and it is a rather simple matter to draw
>monophyletic species, genera, families, etc., around them--species, genera,
>and other groups that, at least preliminarily, *consist only of those
>individuals included in the study*.

    Since genera are assigned arbitrarily based on morphological characters
(at least in fossil species), it should be just as easy to assign a
paraphyletic genus as a monophyletic one.

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