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Old May 31 2010, 12:33 AM   #120
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Re: 5x08 The Hungry Earth (Grading/Discussion) SPOILERS!!

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"Homo Reptilis" is taxanomic nonsense, though that whole thing could be the genus name I guess..i.e "Homoreptilis"

Sloppy science though...
There is a lot of taxanomic nonsense before the advent of DNA testing. It's obvious that Doctor is using the human term for the Silurians.
Not to keep banging away on this too much, but DNA analysis is irrelevant to my argument. Although DNA results have been of great assistance to sorting out some of the finer points of where certain organisms are situated on the evolutionary tree, the big basic decisions of whether to class an organism as plant, mammal, insect or whatever, has not been affected.

Basically, you've just discovered a new species of upright, intelligent, humanoid reptile. Where abouts on the tree do you put it?

Do you put it in the genus Homo, slap bang in the middle of the mammalian section of the tree ?

If so, why?
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