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On Sat, 13 Jan 1996, Jeff Poling wrote:
> At 11:21 PM 1/12/96 -0500, MMraptor@aol.com wrote:
> >Have you thought about calling it Mesozoic-ware? The only thing that these
> >animals seem to have in common is that they lived in the Mesozoic era
> If I'm not mistaken, Dimetrodon did not make it past the paleozoic.
> >(as I personally
> >believe very strongly that dinosaurs are *not* reptiles.
> Dinosaurs certainly are reptiles.
Which definition of "reptile" are you using? If you mean "amniote minus
synapsid," I think "sauropsid" would be a better choice. "Reptile" is
too connotationally loaded (cold-blooded, scaly, low-energy, egg-laying,
etc.). Dinosaurs certainly were not "reptiles" in the vernacular sense
of the word.
Pacific Lutheran University