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birds are reptiles?!

So what exactly is a reptile?  Phylogentically, either nothing, or all 
amniotes.  So reptile = amniote.  Of the two words, the latter is far 
more precise in definition and usage.  So can we please forget the former, 
or at least remember it as an old but inaccurate (phylogenetically speaking) 
description of some amniotic tetrapods, and not use it in day to day 
parlance amongst people who understand perfectly well what an amniote is?

Colin McHenry

another day in the swamp