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Re: definition of dinosaur



>     1.  A diagnosis, in any taxonomic scheme, tells you what is actually
>         there.
>
>     2.  A cladistic definition does not.
>
>     3.  Cladistic definitions are better than diagnosis-based 
>definitions.

Um....

Why, on point 3?  Wouldn't describing what is actually there be the most
beneficial in terms of taxonomy (especially when it comes to defending one's
placement of the genera in question)?

Rob

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