Evolution is a pain in the ass, especially for herpetologists and ornithologists

Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 1:26 AM Bookmark and Share
The reason? Imagine you have a kid, and your neighbor has 2 kids, then you both find out that really, one of their kids is sort of... yours. (-- awkward pause --) That's basically the problem here:

Herpetology is the study of reptiles and amphibians, however unraveling the evolutionary history of these two groups (along with birds) has shown us that birds are actually nested in among reptiles.

Now, to be fair, I think the comic has it wrong: I mean, shouldn't this justify lumping ornithology in a sub-discipline of herpetology?


Posted by: David Steen | 3/03/2011 8:38 AM

You're right. Birds are derived reptiles. In contrast to the cartoon, it makes more sense to lump mammals with snakes or turtles with than it does to pair them with birds.

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