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Re: New finds
You did observe:
<In any case, the straight line is a consequence of presentation
that means nothing in reality, and so is the main stem.>
Isn't the description of ancestral (albeit unnamed) forms the
basis for the cladistic effort? Why then would you reject the
similar effort of going back from a contemporary form in a straight
line? The 'main stem' appears as such because the line runs
from an end point back to a selected beginning point. Choose
a different end point and you have a different 'main stem'.
So, if the 'main stem' is meaningless, so is cladistics.
The problem with any attempt to identify a lineage is that it
must fail because the essential information can't be observed
or obtained by replicating the original situation, but that's
a slightly different issue.
= = = Original message = = =
> Are you really more comfortable with affirming the ability
> ancestral forms than with saying that these ancestral forms
No, why? Did I imply that somehow? ~:-|
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