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Re: dinosaur->bird when?
>From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jerry D. Harris)
> >Oh yeah, what about birds?
> Yeah, yeah, yeah...the ol' "Cladistics Is Best" thing! 8-) ...
> them lungfish. Similarly, I find that birds have enough of their own
> specializations that they warrant being considered their own "type" of
> organism. Thus, I call birds "birds," and not" flying dinosaurs," the
> same way I call dinosaurs "dinosaurs," and not "big terrestrial
> air-breathing fish." 8-)
You echo some of my own objections to strict cladism. I think you
would like Peter Ashlock's approach. See if you can find a copuy of
"Principles of Systematic Zoology, 2nd Ed." by Mayr and Ashlock, and
pay special attention to chapters 8, 9 , and 10.
The peace of God be with you.