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Re: Darwin's young dead pet from Messel
David Marjanovic a écrit :
Of course, this is quite surprising given the age and systematic
position of this animal that they did not provided a detailed analyses
of euprimates interrelationships. I am pretty sure it was submitted to
Plos One because it is quickly published fastly. Well, we can give them
credits for providing a rather detailed anatomical description, with a
bit of morphometrical and paleobiological informations on Darwinius.
Stunning, stunning, stunning.
Unfortunately, one of the stunning things about it is that there is no
phylogenetic analysis. Grand pronouncements about the total uprooting
of Paleogene primate phylogeny, yes, but no analysis. Just a few
characters optimized on a tree with three (!) taxa, one of which is
Yeah, and that was the same problem with Maiacetus a few months ago (in
the same journal).
Does PLoS ONE "deposit at least 100 identical and durable copies in
public libraries on at least five continents"? If not, the name
*Darwinius masillae* does not exist according to the ICZN...