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Re: Quo vadis, T. rex? [long]
In a message dated 96-02-08 11:54:08 EST, you write:
> Feathers are known for birds. Scales are known for some
>dinosaurs. Feathers are known for NO dinosaurs. Might some dinosaurs
>have had feathers? Maybee. But our knowledge to date gives us no reason
>to beleive that any dinosaur had feathers, and at least a little
>indication that they did not. In light of this, dinosaurs having
>feathers is at least marginally more speculative that dinosaurs all being
>scaled, and our current system of classification should reflect this.
>Taxonomy should reflect our best knowledge to date, not the most
>aesthetically appealing speculation.
Yea! What he said! ;-)
I could not have stated this any better!
Thomas R. Lipka