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Nick P. wrote:
And who even knows about a group like Mammalia. So why bother with
Be careful what you wish for. We'll have to get rid of
"Dinosauria"---(1) it's descriptive; and (2) worse yet, Dinosaurus is a
genus of therapsid. EGAD!!! Looks like "Dinosauria" must be rejected on
And you might not like it so much if workers in other fields
(invertebrates, plants, microbes) start dumping their familiar descriptive
names (and a few have tried to do just that). Do you want to learn a huge
list of weird new names and throw out all those horrible old descriptive
Chordata, Echinodermata, Ctenophora, Cnidaria, Porifera, Arthropoda,
Insecta, Crustacea, Diplopoda, Cephalapoda, Gastropoda, Trilobita,
Cirripedia, Tardigrada, Platyhelmintha, Agnatha, Anthozoa, Scyphozoa, Fungi,
Chrysophyta, Xanthophyta, Phaeophyta, Chlorophyta, Ciliophora, Cryptophyta,
Rhodophyta, Haptophyta, Dinophyta, Foraminifera, Ascomycetes,
Basidiomycetes, Cyanobacteria, Eubacteria, Metazoa, Metaphyta, Plantae,
Aves, Mammalia, Tetrapoda, Polychaeta, Pogonophora, Scaphopoda, Asteroidea,
Actinopterygii, Sarcopterygii, etc.
And I haven't even got down to Order level yet. It has been proposed
that Lepidoptera be replaced by PAPIONIFORMES (and it certainly wasn't me),
and likewise for various other insect orders. And no more Chiroptera,
Rodentia, Primates, Anura, Squamata, Dinosauria, and so on. The typified
systematization of Mollusca groups that has been proposed has enough weird
names alone to make one want to swear off of typified names forever.
So I would again urge you to be CAREFUL what you wish for. Like that
one Metallica song says, "you just might get it" (and then regret it). And
the cladistic "King Nothing" may end up with classifications that nobody
will use, and his nomenclatural castle will crumble. I think that might end
up being a good theme song for PhyloCode. Who knows?
----- TGIF, Ken
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