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RE: polyphyletic Alvarezsauria assemblage
Oh, I can stand the heat. That is no problem. But I'm still going to
respond to inaccurate and unconstructive criticisms, such as the implication
that my phylogenies are 100% intuitive ("gut feeling" only). You make it
sound like I'm using ESP or a Quija Board to make my decisions.
I certainly think Feduccia's approach is way too intuitive, but I would
never say it's 100% intuitive. He's put in a lot of years of hard work too,
and dismissing all of his ideas without even considering them would be
ill-advised. I think he is way too criticical of cladistic analysis, but I
certainly understand why he thinks that way. Neither extreme (Zero%
intuition or 100% intuition) is going to get a scientist anywhere. But I
don't think a Sereno-esque approach (that is more intuitive) has to be a bad
thing. It's all part of the "checks and balances" of the scientific
process, and it always has been. I'm no Sereno, but I'm certainly not a
Feducciary either (not even close).
----- Cheers, Ken
Tim Williams wrote:
If you can't stand the heat... ;-)
I have heckled "from the peanut gallery" for one reason. "Gut-feeling"
(i.e. 100 % intuitive) phylogenies are an affront to the huge amount of
time, effort and money spent by paleontologists and evolutionary biologists
in studying relationships between taxa.
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