I can do quote mining too. The difference is that this quote isn't out of
context. It's from Jonathan Wells' book Icons of Evolution, p. 51. Wells
is attempting to cast doubt on the efficacy of molecular systematics, by
pointing out how silly some of the results are:
"Even when different molecules can be combined to give a single tree, the
Of course the last example is the funniest, given the wealth of molecular
Gatesy, J., P. O'Grady, and R. H. Baker. 1999. Corroboration among data
Matthee, C. A., J. D. Burzlaff, J. F. Taylor, and S. K. Davis. 2001.
Naylor, G. J. P., and D. C. Adams. 2001. Are the fossil data really at
Gingerich, P. D., M. ul Haq, I. S. Zalmout, I. H. Khan, and M. S. Malkani.
and older references therein.
Of the other two examples, the first (rabbits) is a real example of
Wells read a lot of the primary literature for his book, but not enough.
For the record, Wells was citing these:
Graur, D., L. Duret, and M. Gouy. 1996. Phylogenetic position of the order
Naylor, G. J. P., and W. M. Brown. 1998. Amphioxus mitochondrial DNA,
Cao, Y., A. Janke, P. J. Waddell, M. Westerman, O. Takenaka, S. Murata, N.
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