Actually, he's wrong, it goes:
Dirt --> lipid glop --> angels --> deities --> eobacteria --> mesobacteria* --> megabacteria* --> negibacteria --> Higher Bacteria
(*I made those up. I hope...)
Of course, there's a bit of an annoying semi-tragic element to having intro invert biol taught by a protistologist. Can we cut the metazoa and go out and enjoy REAL diversity instead?
Still, I'm quite excited -- I actually 'don't mind'* invert metazoa. I tend to gravitate towards spineless things, apparently.
*Reads: 'have a side interest in'
Speaking of which,
Meanwhile, quick question:
[metazoan, vertebrate-focused] Gene Regulation in Development or Sociolinguistics?
Gene Reg Dev would be much harder, but potentially interesting/relevant; socioling would help my breadth requirements and be easier, though very prof-dependent, and I haven't gone to check out the prof yet...
Other than that, who else here is enraged/stunned/irritated/perplexed by Tom's new 'Eozoa' obsession?
PS: "Protozoa" -- Drop. That. Term. Already. It's the 21st century, for fuck's sake. STOP. RESURRECTING. DEAD. TAXA. Grrrr....