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J.J. Emerson 28 Aug 14
Split animals into "mammals+herps+leps" and "other animals", and we might see something similar.
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Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra 28 Aug 14
Worse, if “humans” were included, all the rest would probably -> 0
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Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra 28 Aug 14
Indeed, the next tweet in my feed was on cats. Sigh.
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Dr M 29 Aug 14
Replying to @jrossibarra
Depends who and how you ask Q, do they have botany progs to refer to? Maybe 5% is OK? If 90% take botany how many wd find jobs?
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Nelly Brewer 29 Aug 14
@wrooney03 enthusiastic, inspired lecturers sold me on plants (yes , I do mean you!)
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Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra 29 Aug 14
Replying to @drmgoeswild
most won't become zoologists. They'll go premed or something. But e.g. there's a shortage of plant breeders so there are jobs
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Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra 29 Aug 14
@wrooney03 me too. Was not originally a botany major.
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Daniël P Melters 29 Aug 14
Replying to @jrossibarra
Cuteness/fluffiness factor at work? Same as which creatures should be protected by the WWF when people are asked?
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Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra 29 Aug 14
Replying to @DPMelters
yup almost certainly.
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Michael Hoffman 29 Aug 14
Replying to @jrossibarra @DPMelters
Botany has a problem? Look at poor bacteria and archaea. They couldn't even get 1% without indulging in paraphyly!
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Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra 29 Aug 14
Completely true. I was mostly pointing out the number that hurt most personally as a plant person.
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Mark O. Martin 29 Aug 14
And there is that "P" word, again!
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Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra 29 Aug 14
Yes, but not kids, these are intro bio students. Many likely premed; too bad “humans” not an option.
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Daniël P Melters 29 Aug 14
How many intro bio students would think of humans as being a species of animals? I'm afraid to ask.
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Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra 29 Aug 14
Objecting to “prokaryote”, “protist”, “plant” or “” ? ;)
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Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra 29 Aug 14
In colleague’s informal results from test questions, a substantial number put humans in wrong kingdom.
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Russell Neches 29 Aug 14
I find it sad that 2% of respondents are interested in mythological creatures.
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Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra 29 Aug 14
But even after you remove unicorns and dragons, that’s still 90% for animals ;)
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Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra 29 Aug 14
Also, for the record, not my categories. Slide is from colleague who asked their institution not be named.
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