Re: ape faces

Phil Nicholls (
Fri, 27 Oct 1995 18:21:10 GMT (H. M. Hubey) graced us with the following

> (Phil Nicholls) writes:

>>Gee, I love that kind of talk. But Alex, I am afraid you have made a
>>mistake. MH didn't say "hominoid", he said humanoid which I sure you

>Thank you. I like inventing words myself :-)..

Actually, I was talking to Alex.

>Sometimes it's the best thing that can be done to avoid
>having unnatural verbal untanglements.

Yes, you seem to go out of your way to avoid verbal clarity to the
point that when it occurs it does seem unnatural.

>And finally, think carefully, if you can. Have you ever seen
>a linear correlation-regression curve (i.e. straight line)
>with the date points scattered about? No, try it, you'll
>like it.

>In fact, I recommend for you to think stochastically since this
>field has much of it. If you want references I can recommend a few.

This is the mathematicians version of "Up your nose with a rubber
hose," I take it. Well I would not presume to match your expertise
in quantitative analysis and I am always willing to learn more so feel
free to provide some references if you wish.

And please allow me to return the favor. Might I suggest you review
a copy of _An Introduction to Human Evolutionary Anatomy_ (Leslie
Aiello and Christopher Dean, Academic Press). You might want to
review chapter eleven (The Facial Skeleton of Hominoids) as it will
provide you some insight into what Alex was talking about.

Of course this could lead to verbal untanglements, so be cautious.

Just for fun, you might want to look at the following:

Nicholls P. (1993) Disciminant analysis of component diencephalon
volumes in Primates and Insectivores, American Journal of Physical
Anthropology, Supplement 16, p.151


> Regards, Mark

Phil Nicholls
"To ask a question you must first know most of the answer"
-Robert Sheckley