saving this knowledge for the next person who tries to tell me that one should apply scientific distinctions to the natural-language use of "monkey" and "ape"

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@earthtopus I had a suspicion this was true but never looked it up

what a nice thing to hear it confirmed

@cwebber I have a packet of seeds for those under the name "walking-stick kale" but never had the courage or space to plant them


@earthtopus could you make it a home for a walking-stick bug where you live?

@earthtopus We had a bunch of weeds that kept grabbing onto and strangling other plants in our yard

"What could they be", I thought

... wild grapes! Who knew grapes were so *vicious*

@cwebber @earthtopus a cabbage tree:

used as livestock fodder, so presumably edible for humans as well, tho possibly less tasty than some other brassicas

@Satsuma @earthtopus I would kind of like to grow one in my garden, but they aren't currently grown in the area, and I guess for all I know they could become invasive. Oh well...

@earthtopus This exact issue caused a LOT of heated arguments in my undergrad anthropology lounge. I maintain that "monkey" is not a meaningful term in any way.

@earthtopus Or at least if it has a meaning it's basically "something we don't want to call a close relative like chimps but isn't as freaking weird as a lemur".

@earthtopus I'm finding it difficult to keep reading because the line
"Why do trees keep happening?"
took me by surprise and I'm still recovering from it.
It's just such a good subheading.

@earthtopus at first I thought the headline was about phylogenetic trees and it got me confused since I'm an avid reader of John Hawks's writing about gene flow

Anyway this article is super interesting, thanks for sharing it!

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