tivol at tivol at
Thu Aug 18 14:53:50 EST 1994

Andrew Wagner asks how bigfoot--if found--would be classed taxonomically.
That's part of the science--it depends on what is found.  If it's found to
have feathers, it might be one thing; if hair, another.  If there were a pos-
tulated ecological niche for it, one might speculate about taxonomy, just
like speculations about the mass of particles predicted by theories in phy-
sics.  However, since there is no ecological theory predicting bigfoot and
no evidence relating to the properties of the postulated creature, there is
no real point in such speculations at this time.  If these speculations led
to a strategy for searching for evidence, then they would be worthwhile, but
otherwise, they are premature IMHO.
				Bill Tivol

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