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Anthony Docimo writes:
> > > > > if you say "monotreme"/"monotrema", I know you're talking
> > > > > about a mammal that lays eggs rather than having live
> > > > > birth.
> > > >
> > > >But only from the parochial view of the Neogene.
> > >
> > > Whereas if we use the view from the Cambrian or the
> > > Cambiferous(sp), there's no such problem. ;)
> >What? No! The view from _any_ absurdly short slice of geological
> >time will be parochial.
> ah. I thought it was parochial because it was from the perspective
> of the Neogene. (whereas the Cambrian, for example, is before the
> arrival of *any* sort of vaguely mammalian things)
> >I honestly don't know any more whether you're honestly asking
> >questions because you want to know the answers, or whether you're just
> I want to know.
> > > Is it "parochial" because its human?
> then *why* is it parochial? that's what I don't understand.
Let me quote myself (or you can just scroll up 25 lines :-) The view
from _any_ absurdly short slice of geological time will be parochial.
As palaeontologists, our task is to look at the _whole_ of time (well,
the range of time that encompasses the organisms we study, anyway.
Personally I can live without the Miocene.)
/o ) \/ Mike Taylor <email@example.com> http://www.miketaylor.org.uk
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