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Re: Sauropodz r kewl WAS: silly conversation on 2012 US presidential race
> One of the Linnean system's main benefits is having ranks which
> illustrate the magnitude or size of a grouping.
They pretend to illustrate the size of a group, but they do no such
thing. There are families with one species, and there are families with
Ranks are actively misleading.
Lacerta (lizards; nowadays just sand lizards and kin) included
caimans (Lacerta crocodilus) and salamanders (Lacerta salamandra).
All crocodylians were included in the species *Lacerta crocodilus*,
hence its name, and all salamanders & newts were included in the species
*Lacerta salamandra* till Linnaeus and his student Österdam described
*Siren lacertina* in 1766.
However, one reason why Linnaeus's genera were so large was that the
rank of family hadn't been invented yet. Kingdom, class, order, genus,
species, variety -- this list was exhaustive, and Linnaeus even made a
major (and majorly silly) philosophical point of having exactly five
ranks below that of kingdom.
Simia (no longer used as a genus)
Do you happen to know why? It's a mystery to me -- *Simia* can't be a
junior synonym of anything else!
(Can't think of any maniraptors assigned to Megalosaurus, but I'm
probably forgetting something.)
IIRC, various isolated maniraptoran teeth were assigned to
*Megalosaurus*. And *Velociraptor* was originally included in