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Re: Hanson 2006, Mortimer, Baeker response
On 6/24/06, David Marjanovic <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
From: "Mike Taylor" <email@example.com>
> I'm not sure I can agree with your position. For example, I've got
> pretty bored of repeatedly writing "non-neosauropod sauropod"
> recently; wouldn't it be nice just to define Eosauropoda as the
> paraphyletic group (Sauropoda - Neosauropoda) and then just
> refer to eosauropods?
Then just do it: "For the purposes of this paper, we will define Eosauropoda
as the paraphyletic group consisting of *Sauropoda* ([registration number])
minus *Neosauropoda* ([registration number])..." "...we find that, instead
of being a basal macronarian, *Haplocanthosaurus* is actually an
Isn't it so much simpler and clearer to just say, "We find that,
instead of being a basal macronarian, _Haplocanthosaurus_ is not a
neosauropod at all"?
Basically, your choice of where the "lower" bound for the paraphyletic
group is is arbitrary. You could say "non-neosauropod sauropod" here,
but you could also say "non-neosauropod eusauropod" or
"non-neosauropod sauropodomorph". Why? Because the novel information
is not that is a non-neosauropod whatever, but simply that it's not a
neosauropod. We already knew it was a sauropod (and a eusauropod, and
a sauropodomorph, etc...).
The formula "non-A B" is useful, but overused, I think.
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