Image: Osmia rufa, André Karwath, CC BY-SA 2.5; Boletus edulis, Hans Hillewaert, CC BY-SA 4.0; Volvocales, Aurora M. Nedelcu, CC BY 2.5; Chimp, Aaron Logan, CC BY 2.5; Ranunculus asiaticus, Leif Stridvall, CC BY-SA 2.5; Isotricha intestinalis, Agricultural Research Service/USDA CC 0; Compilation, Vojtěch Dostál, CC BY-SA 2.5.
(My writing pet peeves, part 4)
There I was, at the physiotherapist, reading a new manuscript by a friend and collaborator to distract myself from the indignities being visiting on my calf. There I was, thoroughly enjoying what I was learning, when I was brought up short by a construction that drives me up the wall:
“this species, therefore, cannot be not congeneric with A. jonesi. Instead, it actually belongs to Ethereum, a similar but unrelated genus”.*
I gasped. Unrelated? No two genera on Earth are “unrelated”. There are closely related genera and distantly related ones, but because all life on Earth shares a common ancestor, there are no unrelated ones. Continue reading