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Re: Removing segnosaurs from Theropoda

In a message dated 95-09-01 22:37:58 EDT, head@lust.isem.smu.edu (Jason Head)

>At 9:11 PM 9/1/95, Dinogeorge@aol.com wrote:
>>In a message dated 95-09-01 20:01:03 EDT, jshields@iol.ie (James Shields)
>>>Well, if you want to be a STRICT cladist, the term "Non Avian Dinosaur" is
>>>paraphyletic. Therefore it is impossible for [strict] cladists to talk
>>>dinosaurs without also talking about birds.
>>>Am I missing something?
>>As you have shown, while monophyletic taxa are desirable, paraphyletic taxa
>>are often more useful. It's a point I've been harping on for weeks now.
>        As long as you can define them in terms of a real, natural group- a
>point I'VE been harping about for weeks.
Right: We can always define a paraphyletic taxon as the difference between an
inclusive clade and one or more included clades. All the clades are "natural
groups," thereby satisfying your requirement.