I swear, my blog-pal Dr. Myers is starting to act like a Rosenau, taking out after yours truly at every opportunity. Today he’s seen fit to make yet another “Anti-Caturday post,” even though he got badly pwned when he tried to do that before. This time he compares the awesomeness of “fungi” (more on that in a second) with the boring-ness of cats. After all, “fungi” can grow and fruit, and, as P.Z. notes “No cat can compare.” Well, I have yet to see a “fungus” sit in my lap and purr.
P.Z. then adds a bunch of lascivious words relating “fungi” to sex, ending with a mauvais mot that I can’t repeat on a family-oriented website.
Why did I put “fungi” in quotes? Because much of what appears in P.Z.’s demonstration video is not fungi, but slime molds. And slime molds aren’t fungi—they are now considered protists (or a lineage that branched off close to other protists), no more closely related to fungi than to cats. They may even be polyphyletic, but still none of them are closely related to fungi. Here’s where they lie, roughly, on the tree of life:
I guess P.Z.’s been too busy going to atheist meetings to keep up with biology!