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Re: SCIENCE AND CLASSIFICATION
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From: "philidor11" <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, February 06, 2002 3:32 AM
> The issue we're looking at is whether these additions communicate enough
> scientists that they should formulate a terminology separate from that
> by the public.
At some point that comes by itself. "The public" simply doesn't talk about
acoels or chaetognaths or gnathostomulids or *Trichoplax* or *Symbion* or
*Limnognathia*, to use living examples, nor about blastoids, cystoids,
eocrinoids, thalattosaurs, champsosaurs, proterochampsids bla bla bla. Yet
(paleo)zoologists need a precise system that enables them to talk about the
relationships of _all_ animals, common or obscure.
> Naming conventions are a form of communication, and not in
> themselves scientific analysis.
Yep, but they can greatly facilitate or hamper scientific analysis.