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Re: Sauropodz r kewl WAS silly ramble
On 17 April 2012 13:48, David Marjanovic <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> It was not my intention to be hostile, so the tone of the response I
>> received from Mike seems particularly odd.
> But apparently it wasn't sent to the list (I haven't received it), so
> there's probably no point in discussing it here...
I assume Jaime was referring to the below, since it's all I've sent
(and, yes, to the list):
I don't really understand what Jaime is saying about the tone.
--- quoted from earlier message ---
What are you talking about? NO-ONE in this discussion has claimed
that genera (or for that matter) are "real". The issue is entirely
about nomenclature. Because we inherited our system from
neontologists for whom a binomial is a useful convention, we
palaeontologists also use it even though it's not useful for us. The
near-universal use of monospecific genera
is a simple, pragmatic solution -- that's all.
No-one is arguing about what genera "really" are. Because they're not
"really" anything. They're just names on characteristic specimens.