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> I have recently purchased the book "The Dinosauria" It is suggested that
> Dromaeosauridae is closely related to Avialae and shows comsognathus quite a
> bit away from that stem. Is Deinonychus and others of this family more
> closely related to Avialae than compsognathus? I don't know about you but
> this is the first time this concept has been suggested to me.
This is the most widely held position at the present.
A minority hold that the Avialae (aka Aves) are a sister group of the
A minute minority hold that the Avialae are a sister group of some
portion of the Crocodilia.
The peace of God be with you.