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Re: Re: Quo vadis, T. rex? (my last!)
>I just told everyone that _Spinosaurus_, _Baryonyx_, and _Carnotaurus_
>are abelisaurid ceratosaurs. ARGHH! Well, I had to tell them SOMETHING!
Well, Carnotaurus is a good abelisaurid.
>Distillation of the comments I received, plus additional discussion I've
>seen here, suggests I should go with this scheme for coelurosaurs (yes, I
>know it's oversimplified, and not exactly avant-garde):
> Micro-order Coelurosauria
> Family Compsognathidae
> Superfamily Maniraptora
> Family Ornitholestidae
> Family Dromaeosauridae
> Family Oviraptoridae
> Superfamily Arctometatarsalia
> Family Avimimidae
> Family Tyrannosauridae
> Family Troodontidae
> Family Ornithomimidae
Looks good to me, except that superfamilies should be named from type families
with an "-oidea" ending.
>As it stands, this scheme cleverly avoids the issue of whether
>arctometatarsalians are derived maniraptors. And no way am I going to
>mix birds with this (anybody can see that these are dinosaurs, not
>birds!). The more uncertainty there is, the better Linnaeus looks.
Now THAT would make a good bumper sticker! :-)
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Dept. of Geology
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742