Classification has always been about putting similar things in the same box. In modern classification the idea of evolution determines what is thought to be similar. Hence, one criterion is that all the organisms in the one box should have evolved from a recent common ancestor. No problem there: both Banksias and Dryandras can be assumed to have a recent common ancestor. It is the second criterion that is tricky: all the descendants of a recent common ancestor should be in the same box. Dryandras can be assumed to have evolved from within the Banksias and therefore this criterion requires that they both be in the same genus.
Get a fresh start. Clive Cookson. Report a mispronounced word. Thirteen years ago the Natural History Museum in London acquired a remarkable fish specimen recently collected off the Cape Verde islands in the tropical Atlantic. It was a hairy angler, a very rare and extremely ugly species, but what most impressed ichthyologists was its hugely distended stomach.
For some time now, the growing effectiveness of the creation movement has been reflected in the increasing frequency and shrillness of the attacks on it. A recent book by renowned evolutionary fossil expert, Niles Eldredge, has joined the chorus with the chest-thumping title, The Triumph of Evolution , subtitled The failure of creationism. This is of course what one might expect from a record which reflects not a succession of vast ages, but mostly catastrophic burial in a global watery cataclysm and its aftermaths.
Go on: take a guess! What type of Frogfish do you think this is? Surprisingly, it is an Antennarius striatus, or what is commonly referred to as a Hairy Frogfish. As it turns out the Hairy Frogfish comes in all hair lengths in Lembeh, including extremely short hair!