Tag Archive: primitive

Sep 13

Apomorphism

Cycas thouarsii and Ginkgo biloba [CC-BY-SA-3.0 Steve Cook]

apomorphism (n) The false belief that evolutionary novelty is good in and of itself, that some novelties are so special that they trump all others, and that the organisms possessing these special novelties are superior in some way to all organisms lacking them. See also: egotism, mammalocentrism, ‘scientific’ racism — “So I was just chatting …

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Apr 08

Organism of the week #11 – Not even primitive

Psilotum nudum (Oxford Botanic Gardens) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 Steve Cook]

It’s not much to look at, but Psilotum nudum‘s naked fronds hold a cautionary tale for biologists: Psilotum looks a great deal like some of the earliest fossils of land plants. One of the earliest such fossils is Rhynia, the first specimens of which which were unearthed in Aberdeenshire around 1910, a mere 410 million years after they were …

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