GENERA ARE OFTEN BETTER THAN SPECIES FOR DETECTING EVOLUTIONARY CHANGE IN THE FOSSIL RECORD: A REPLY TO SALESA ET AL.

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In their technical comment Salesa et al. (2011) raise several issues, including an important topic affecting most, or perhaps all, paleoecological studies—the difficulty of determining a reasonable way to deal with taxonomy. Specifically, Salesa et al. draw our attention to a taxonomic revision of Iberian Anchitherium (Sánchez et al. 1998), that we failed to follow in our study (Eronen et al. 2010), and express concerns that a different handling of Anchitherium taxonomy would have affected our results and conclusions.

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