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In a message dated 96-02-05 21:29:01 EST, you write:
>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.
It may be plesiomorphic but saurischia is the best term for this clade.
Besides, when one looks at a skeleton in side view, even a novice, one can
easily see the classic saurischian (and ornithiscian) pelvis.
Thomas R. Lipka