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Re: labels are imaginary

In a message dated 96-02-06 01:14:56 EST, pharrinj@PLU.edu (Nicholas J.
Pharris) writes:

>I never tried to say that diplodocids should have a class separate from 
>the rest of the dinosaurs, which seems to be what you are trying to refute.
>The disparity between _Diplodocus_ and _Deinonychus_ is the operative 
>concept here, if one is trying to make a case for classifying these 
>animals together and separating them from the emu or the hummingbird.

I have _Diplodocus_ and _Deinonychus_ in separate infraclasses, namely,
Phytodinosauria and Aves. What I said was that birds aren't a twig on the
bush, they're a bush on the bush. That's because there are so many known bird
species. Why is this a bone of contention?