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Daniel Smith

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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 23 2007,22:01   

Quote (creeky belly @ Sep. 23 2007,05:40)
I'm sure he understood the process of fossilization and I've seen his data (although I'm surprised with the amount of life that's inhabited the planet compared to the number of fossils, he would be so shocked to see gaps in the fossil record. I guess he wanted a poster child for the transition). He could have spent 250 pages and it still wouldn't make a difference, this is not 1950. He used the evidence that he had at the time to construct an argument and made a case.  Now we have something like this:

And here

The saltational events that Schindewolf proposed would go where the dotted lines are on your chart - the part subtitled "suggested lines of descent".             

Do you mean "archetypes" like he writes on page 411? As he says: "In contrast, we stay with the objective natural data and strive to arrange the morphological steps in the system in their natural sequence." So let's look at fossils that have been discovered since 1950: how about the Therapsid-Mammal transition, are they far enough apart? Try Colbert and Morales (1991) or Strahler(1987). Reptile-Amphibian? Try here. Fish-Amphibian? Try here!

I don't have the book in front of me right now, so I'll have to get back to you on that.

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