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Re: Greg Paul is right (again); or "Archie's not a birdy"

On Tue, Aug 2, 2011 at 5:27 PM, Augusto Haro <augustoharo@gmail.com> wrote:
> As today the stem- and node- based
> definitions are preferred in phylogenetic parlance, perhaps
> clumsy-looking new names as "Apexaves" or "Panapexaves" (of course,
> something with better classical language grammar) can serve for the
> crown- and stem- based definitions, whereas still bearing
> reminiscences of the typological traditional names with which they
> better overlap.

Ugh, why?

Look, there's already a good, well-thought-out solution. Use
neontological names for crown groups. Do it everywhere in biology.
Maximize cross-disciplinary understand. Limit unjustified inferences.

Need to refer to the total group? Use "pan-" (informally) or "Pan-"
(formally). Need to refer to the apomorphy-based group (assuming the
name refers to an apomorphy)? Use "Apo-". The stem group? Use "stem-"

Everywhere. Every part of the Tree of Life. Coleoptera.
Proteobacteria. Poales. Ciliophora. Rhodophyta. Anthozoa.
Euryarcheota. And, yes, Aves. Why make exceptions?

T. Michael Keesey