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At 09:26 PM 2/5/96 -0500, Nicholas J. Pharris wrote:
>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.
Whoops. My cleverness got me in trouble ... wasn't reading my words
carefully. The should be Unpredentata, Nonpredentata, Antipredentata and
Apredentata. Also Notpredentata, Nopredentata, Inpredentata.
>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.
Yah. Maybe we should coin a term here on the list. Everybody starts
using it and it takes over by sheer force of will. Maybe we can succeed
where Bakker failed with _Brontosaurus_.
Lessee ... do any of the saurischia have grinding teeth? Maybe something
based on this fact. Pointytoothedthingamagigs maybe.
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