I’ve said it once, I’ll say it a thousand times: humans are apes; apes, old world monkeys, and new world monkey are primates; and humans are primates. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.
So you can guess how I reacted when I saw this advertisement as I was perusing the latest issue of Nature. Here is what they’re pimping, an “Omics Gateway”. You know how much I love -omics. Nature Publishing Group (NPG) tells us, “The Omics Gateway provides life scientists a convenient portal into publications relevant to large-scale biology from journals throughout NPG.” It’s a veritable omeome.
But they can’t get their monophyletic taxa correct. “From primates and humans” makes as much sense as “to Drosophila and arthropods.” In fact, that’s what they should have done, just to show how foolish they sound. I like you Nature Publishing group. You’ve got blogs. You’ve got great specialty journals. Don’t make me go find reasons to hate on you.