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Re: Endothermy, UCP1 gene deletion, and the origin of birds
My favorite term in genetics is "the mouse"
_My_ favorite term is "the fly". That's always *Sophophora
melanogaster*, not even any other of the 1400-odd former *Drosophila*
No, actually, it gets yet better, when *S. melanogaster* is treated as
completely representative of "invertebrates"...
Wait! Better still! "Higher eukaryotes". That's all eukaryotes except
yeast. *Saccharomyces* and *Schizosaccharomyces*, just as a reminder,
are secondarily unicellular ascomycetes, more closely related to
chanterelles than to bean rust.
And there's the Nature paper on the ancestral vertebrate karyotype which
reconstructs the ancestral _osteichthyan_ karyotype... and says
"tetrapod" when it means "sarcopterygian" (not "tetrapodomorph";