The invertebrate zoology debacle

Kirk Fitzhugh kfitzhug at
Fri Apr 2 21:43:00 EST 2004

So all of us should really push hard for invertebrate zoology courses being at 
least two semesters in length, rather than the typical one semester, in order 
to do justice to all facets of the majority of diversity of life on this 
planet (of which most consists of beetles). My ichthyology course was two 
semesters and nobody griped about that.  


At 12:14 AM 4/3/04 +0100, Kenneth M. Halanych wrote:
     I completely agree with Ken about this. Part of the problem is the texts 
     for invertebrate biology. Brusca and Brusca and Ruppert, Fox and
     Barnes have recently released new additions. Both fail to adequately 
     incorporate much of the recent molecular phylogenetic data or the realm 
     of evo-devo and are not really integrative. There is a lot of value to the 
     straight function morphology approach and many of use find it 
     fascinating, but it is not capturing the students that it use to. 

"If that to which I refer when accounting for events
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refer, then your explanation is better than mine."

N.R. Hanson (1958: 95), Patterns of Discovery

J. Kirk Fitzhugh, Ph.D.
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Research & Collections Branch
Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History
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