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Re: dinosaur flatware

In a message dated 96-01-10 21:29:13 EST, Dinogeorge@aol.com writes:

>In a message dated 96-01-10 18:03:44 EST, kseo@BBN.COM (Karen Seo) writes:
>>I'm aware the word dinosaur is mis-used but ignorant of the correct
>>usage.  So just for the record, what is the definition for "dinosaur"?
>The simplest definition of a dinosaur is cladistic (amazingly enough): a
>dinosaur is any archosaur descended from the common ancestor of the genera
>_Megalosaurus_ and _Iguanodon_, which coincidentally are the first two
>dinosaur genera to be scientifically described. This set of animals includes
>a wide variety of creatures, even modern birds.

Maybe into the phrase "first two dinosaur genera to be scientifically
described" I should insert the qualifying phrase "not counting a number of
extant birds"...