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Re: labels are imaginary

On Tue, 6 Feb 1996 Dinogeorge@aol.com wrote:

> In a message dated 96-02-06 04:31:45 EST, pharrinj@PLU.edu (Nicholas J.
> Pharris) writes:
> >This all began as a diatribe about the uselessness and untenability of 
> >separating birds from dinosaurs _sensu stricto_ and giving them their own 
> >class.  Admittedly, there are very many species of birds, but that is not 
> >to say they cannot all be easily subsumed under the Theropoda--and under the
> >Tetanurae, under the Coelurosauria, under the Maniraptora...--as the 
> >phylogeny demands.
> >
> >
> In MM #2, I subsume Theropoda, Coelurosauria, Maniraptora, Tetanurae, etc.,
> etc., into Aves--as the phylogeny demands: The birds came first (where have
> we heard this before?).

Yes, yes, but I am talking about modern birds above (a group to which I, 
noncommittally, did not give a name!)

Nick Pharris
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA 98447

"If you can't convince them, confuse them." -- Harry S. Truman