How To Reconcile the Insanity of Cladism with the Order and Beauty of the Linnaean System

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Knowledge is knowing that a bird is a dinosaur. Wisdom is not charging people extra to see your reconstituted Jurassic Park style dinosaur zoo when all you’ve got is a barn full of chickens.

To really understand the meaning of this, please read my brand new essay at 10,000 birds, here:

If Birds are Dinosaurs than I’m a Monkey’s Uncle

… which is part of the Come At Me series of fantastic posts on that site.

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2 thoughts on “How To Reconcile the Insanity of Cladism with the Order and Beauty of the Linnaean System

  1. I’ve had a long-time interest in paleontology and done a fair amount of reading about the dinosaur-bird relationship reappraisal since the late John Ostrom’s paper on the “raptor” dinosaur Deinonychus (the model for the Velociraptors in the Jurassic Park movies; it had a better shaped head than the actual Velociraptors, or something). I see no problem with considering birds as the last surviving dinosaur lineage — one that includes undoubted dinosaurs at its beginnings.

    Bats are acknowledged as just a biological order of flying mammals. If they end up the last group of living mammals after a mass extinction, by normal paleontological/biological classification methods, bats would still be considered to be a mammal subgroup. What then is the problem with acknowledging that birds are just the last of the theropod dinosaurs?

    Birds and theropod dinosaurs have much in common anatomically (there are dozens of shared derived features of maniraptoran dinosaurs and birds), and even behaviorally (brooding on nests, roosting posture). Even creationists’ computer programs with built-in special creation assumptions still can’t group birds without including some dinosaurs or group dinosaurs without including some birds.

    Now considering all tetrapods as just subgroups of sarcoptyrigians (lobe-finned “fish”) might be going a bit too far.

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