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Re: Padian et al. 1999 (Was: New PaleoBios paper - diplodocoid phylogenetic taxonomy)
2005/10/4, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. <email@example.com>:
> But in practice, even pre-evolutionary Linnean taxonomists grouped and
> regrouped and
> shifted and reorganized their classifications from edition to edition and
> volume to volume.
> So even then "stability" was not achieved.
Maybe, like modern human anatomists they needed to sell new editions
of their books - so renamed and reclassified groups and organisms.
(What is the other use of from time to time change the name of the
kneepan from patella to rotula and vice-versa? Or to rename chicken
from _Phasianus gallus_ to _Gallus gallus_?)
(Well of course there was some new organisms that do not fit well in
any previous groups; some organisms that after more careful analysis
must be reclassified; some trash bin groups that needed to be tidied
up; some inconsistencies generated by synonymies, divergent
interpretations and so on.)