“Even as the fossil record becomes better known, the controversies continue and increase, for as the paleontologist, Alfred S. Romer has noted, the increasing knowledge of fossil forms often leads to a ‘triumphant loss of clarity’. Partly for this reason, recent studies of the evolutionary relationships among fishes have relied heavily on comparisons among living forms and the use of analytical techniques (such as Hennig’s cladistics) that produce less ambiguous results than the more arbitrary methods of the past (Patterson 1977). However, the results of the new inquiries into the evolutionary relationships of fishes still produce many contradictions”.

Fishes, An Introduction to Ichthyology, by Moyle and Cech, p.175, Second edition, Prentice Hall 1988. University of California

Evidence News 26 September 2012

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