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Re: Dinosaur a tecnical term; fish is not (was RE: Fish with milk (Sheesh spinoff))
Tom Holtz wrote: >>>But also, to be fair, "fish" is an ancient English
word far predating the science of biology, while "dinosaur" is a term
fromtechnical literature, dates only to 1842, and created specifically
for use in scientific contexts.<<<
That is true, of course, and Mike Keesey has made the same point before
about this and "lizards". Still, while defensible on nomenclatural
grounds, I think it's a bad habbit to use any traditional paraphyletic
grouping in education or general usage, since it only makes it harder
for students, museum visitors, janitors, etc., to wrap their brains
around the practice of evolutionary classification. People ARE apes,
snakes ARE lizards, whales ARE mammals, and birds ARE dinosaurs.
What is so hard about accepting that tetratpods are abberrant,
primatively land-going sarcopterygian fish?
really signficant imporant messages that EVOLUTIONARY THINKING IS
IMPORTANT and that TYPOLOGICAL THINKING SHOULD BE LEFT DYING IN THE
The point in doing so is not to be cutesy. It is to drive home the
Wyoming Dinosaur Center
110 Carter Ranch Rd.
Thermopolis, WY 82443
(800) 455-3466 ext. 230
Cell: (307) 921-8333
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