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OOPS.  Forgot to complete a sentence.

>>What I was trying to get at was that if Pelecanimimus is closer
>>to Ornithomimidae than Harpymimus is, then there are three valid
>>alternatives, unless one is a cladist:
>>      1) place both Harpymimus and Pelecanimimus in
>>         Ornithomimosauria
>Actually, this is a perfectly good cladistic option, and the one I take.
>>      2) place both in the paraphyletic stem group, whatever
>>         one wishes to call it.
>>      3) place Pelecanimimus all by itself in a more derived
>>         group than Ornithomimosauria; which seems like excessive
>>         splitting to me.
>I agree.  However, you do exactly that with your

This should read:

I agree.  However, you do exactly that with your usage of "Alxasauridae"
below.  That name is based off of the single species Alxasaurus


Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Vertebrate Paleontologist in Exile
U.S. Geological Survey
Branch of Paleontology & Stratigraphy
MS 970 National Center
Reston, VA  22092

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