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Re: Microraptor hanqingi, new species from China.
FWIW, I recently learned that a big controversy in herpetology right
now is whether to split up the genus Mabuya, which is a type of
Skink. Some are adamantly opposed.
On Tue, May 22, 2012 at 11:46 AM, evelyn sobielski <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> Do taxonomists in these other specialties care if genera are
>> paraphyletic? That's the usual justification I see
>> whenever someone splits a dinosaur genus.
> The only ones that don't (as a rule-of-thumb) generally care are
> entomologists and botanists, but even there it is quite rare nowadays. In
> ornithology, justifying paraphyletic genera is decidedly fringe (can't
> remember when I saw it the last time), and for mammals it's not very
> different. It might be a bit tricky in herpetology due to the frequent
> incidence of hybridogenic taxa.
> But overall, most taxonomists from the 1960 and onwards generations strongly
> advocate monophyletic genera.
Robert J. Schenck
Kingsborough Community College
Physical Sciences Department
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