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Re: New paper: Theropod forelimb evolution & Archie is not a "Rosetta stone"



> Patristics is a long-established term for the study of the Church
> Fathers (early but post-Biblical Christian writers). Using the word
> for something in biology strikes me as simply perverse.

I've seen "patristic distance" in several papers on reconstructing the 
evolution of a character. It seems to mean "distance along the tree" in some 
way or other.