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Re: What is a dromaeosaurid?

> Jens-Hugo wrote:
> [quote from Pete:]
> >>Strictly, Dromaeosauridae is defined as " the most recent common ancestor of
> >>both Dromaeosaurus and Velociraptor", anything that is dromaeosaur-like, but
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>                 And all its (the ancestor's) descendants, I hope.
> >>does not fall within that clade is a Deinonychosaur.  Hope this helps.
> >That kinda confused me. Deinonychosaurs are not Dromaeosaurids, but
> >Deinonychus is, right? So close to Velociraptor that it has been proposed in
> >fact to be a one. So why Deinonychosaur? How would that be defined? 
> What Pete means -I presume - is that Dromaeosauridae is a subclade of 
> Deinonychosauria (or whatever the name is).  All dromaeosaurids are 
> deinonychosaurs, but not all deinonychosaurs are dromaeosaurids.  You are 
> right 
> about Deinonychus being very like Velociraptor, and unless I am very much 
> mistaken, Deinonychus is a dromaeosaurid (and a deinonychosaur too, of 
> course).
> >Any particular reason for that definition of Dromaeosaurid (which by the way
> >I usually can spell correctly :) )? 
> That's the way taxonomists like to work these days.  I prefer character-based 
> clades, myself.  
> So could someone post the definition of Deinonychosauria?  And does
> 'dromaeosaur' mean 'dromaeosaurid'?

As far as I know, there is no Deinonychosauria.  If there was, it 
would be named the Dromaeosauria, since Dromaeosaurus is the first 
known Dromaeosaurid.  Anyway, you must be thinking of the 
Velociraptorini, a subfamily of the Dromaeosauridae, which includes 
(of course) Velociraptor and its closest relatives.
        Also, I today saw the illustration of "Megaraptor" in Nat'l Geo.  
The illustration makes it look about the size of Albertosaurus.  I 
have a hard time believing that a Dromaeosaur body frame could hold 
all that mass.  Anyone heard more about it?