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Re: node fossil
What about: plesiomorphophoroid?
On Thu, Oct 15, 2009 at 8:27 PM, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. <email@example.com> wrote:
> The word "concestor" has already been used (e.g., in Dawkins' The
> Ancestor's Tale) for "most recent common ancestor."
> Still not a good synonym for "missing link", but close to your use of
> "shared ancestral form".
> Richard W. Travsky wrote:
>> On Thu, 15 Oct 2009, Graydon wrote:
>>> On Thu, Oct 15, 2009 at 12:59:28PM +0200, David Marjanovic scripsit:
>>>>> Maybe you weren't too far off with "keystone", though.
>>>> Well, there's only one keystone in every arch... the one thing that
>>>> really annoys me about the term "missing link" is that it implies
>>>> there's _one_ link between two monolithic groups, while in reality
>>>> are long transitional series.
>>> Is there anything wrong with "shared ancestral form"?
>>> As in, "We believe that Ardi is near the shared ancestral form of modern
>>> humans and modern chimpanzees"?
>> That starts to get a bit long but does lend itself to acronymization: SAF
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