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On Mon, 5 Feb 1996, Jeff Poling wrote:
> It was recently mentioned Bakker and others use Predentata instead of
> Ornithischia. I like this idea as it helps clear up some of the confusion
> between "bird-hips" and bird's hips.
> However, what does the Saurischia become? The unDentata? Nondentata?
> Antidentata? Adentata?
Well, they have *teeth* (most of them anyway); they just don't have
predentary bones (except, as someone noted, for some early birds). I
suppose the name would have to be Apredentata if you wanted to base it on
this particular character.
I very much dislike the term Saurischia, BTW, based as it is on a
plesiomorphous character. There must be something better out there. Too
bad all the synapomorphies uniting this clade are so technical and hard
to pick out.
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