Tag Archives: Linnaean Systematics

“Taste” Versus “Science”


My recent discussion on the value of “originalism” has led to some interesting comments from respondents Mickey Mortimer and Mike Taylor. As I respect both of them, but disagree, I will post their comments in full below and respond to … Continue reading

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Systematic Originalism


On occasion, systematists feel the need to revise the taxonomy of various species, placing species into new genera, or lumping them in with other species in earlier-named genera. This is generally supported by phylogenetic analyses, but sometimes it involves an … Continue reading

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Horns, Frills, Knobs and Domes – Morphological Ontogeny


Recently I’ve been embroiled in a discussion with various professional paleontologists, interested scientists, and lay paleophiles on the topic of the synonymy proposed by Scannella and Horner [1] for the Hell Creek chasmosaurine ceratopsians Triceratops and Torosaurus. I feel it … Continue reading

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A Radical Idea


Or … maybe not so radical. It doesn’t change that much. Some readers here will recall a small debate over at SV-POW! where I argued with Mike Taylor over the effective purpose and reason behind the recognition of the name … Continue reading

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The Linnaean System vs Anything Else


As may be apparent by now, my primary interests are in the function and evolution in teeth … and precision in terminology. The latter is rather imprecise, as it is a feature of something greater: Precision in methodology. This includes … Continue reading

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