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posts tagged with "taxonomy"
Quote: Mayr and Neanderthals
Best to follow Dobzhansky's suggestion.
13 Feb 2017
Some thoughts on Dorothy Garrod and celebrity fossils
Ewen Callaway reports on a talk describing the hybridization and introgression among extinct elephants.
17 Sep 2016
Too many dinosaurs
A news story looks at the flux in Mesozoic genera.
27 Mar 2016
Quote: Johanson on the thread of ancestry of Homo
The problem that attends to the decision to 'draw the line' between our genus and earlier hominins.
18 Mar 2016
Quote: Johanson and Edey on why Lucy was not the holotype of Au. afarensis
A curious decision from 1978 with long-term effects on species diagnoses in paleoanthropology.
15 Mar 2016
Link: Barbara King reviews Jon Marks
Looking into the new book, 'Tales of the Ex-Apes'.
09 Oct 2015
Quote: Dobzhansky on the taxonomic abuse of hominin systematists
'The abuse of generic and specific names by students of the hominid evolution is notorious.'
05 Jul 2015
'My sense is that handy man should belong to its own genus, neither australopith nor human'
Bernard Wood reflects on Homo habilis fifty years after its discovery.
02 Apr 2014
What do we know about early hominin relationships?
Reading carefully through my arguments from 10 years ago about cladistics as applied to the hominin fossil record.
29 Mar 2014
Popularity of hominin species names
Google Ngram Viewer shows how species names have been more or less used over the years.
24 Mar 2014
Have Sahelanthropus and Orrorin been written out of existence?
An expert claims his genus includes every early known hominin.
22 Mar 2014
Leakey, Tobias and Napier on the definition of our genus
The 1964 effort to expand Homo to include the Olduvai fossils assigned to Homo habilis.
25 Feb 2014
How to use scientific names
19 Jun 2013
Quote: Johanson and White on comparing samples
31 Mar 2012
Humans aren't monkeys. We aren't apes, either.
Some biologists say humans are apes. I disagree. Loudly.
18 Mar 2012
Mailbag: The hominins of our discontent
14 Mar 2012
Taxonomy on tap
12 Mar 2012
Taxonomy through art
23 Oct 2011
Primate classification and phylogeny
12 Oct 2011
A problem of fuzzy mammoths
Mammoth paleogenomics and African elephant population structure pose similar problems of sampling.
04 Jun 2011
24 May 2011
"The monkeys shall do bugger all."
19 Apr 2011
Is the Biological Species Concept a "minority view"?
After Neandertal genes are found in us, I find myself defending the obvious idea that they're Homo sapiens.
07 Feb 2011
Mailbag: Chinese subspecies and Denisovans
28 Dec 2010
15 Nov 2010
The failures of dinosaur splitters
27 Sep 2010
An ape by any other name
30 Aug 2010
16 Aug 2010
Getting the mojo
09 Jul 2010
Quote: Higher-level taxa
03 Apr 2010
Mailbag: What is human?
29 Dec 2009
Woronso-Mille: A ladder not a bush
This may be the snarkiest post about fossil hominins that I've ever hit the "publish" button on.
01 Dec 2009
This year's gift: The vanity taxon
10 Dec 2008
Forced by a pterosaur
04 Dec 2008
PhyloCode and human evolution
A move toward taxonomic revision is hijacked by those who want "hominin" to replace "hominid".
26 Mar 2005
Material outlining biological, phylogenetic and evolutionary species concepts, from the blog's first year.
08 Feb 2005
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history of anthropology