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From: Mike Taylor <email@example.com>
> > > 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
I've no problem with that....my concern is that people interested in
paleontology *might be frightened away* by the idea of having to phrase
everything in cladograms.
(and before you say "oh its easy", I'll clarify - I don't mean drawing a
cladogram, I mean speaking a cladogram)
the range of time that encompasses the organisms we study, anyway.
Personally I can live without the Miocene.)
*makes a note to eliminate the Miocene*
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