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Re: Reptiles



As far as I'm concerned, the term 'reptile' carries far too much historical 
baggage
to be of any use as a formal taxonomic term, as the current debate here shows. 
One
of the worst things about cladists is the way they redefine already well-defined
terms - instead they should introduce new ones (or stick with the established
formal names - what was wrong with the far less confusing "Sauropsida"?). The 
term
'reptile' should be used informally only, referring to cold-blooded, scaly
tetrapods (as per its original definition, which would exclude dinosaurs IMHO).
Next they'll try to formally redefine the term 'fish' to include all 
gnathostomes
(and once again abandon an already perfectly good and well-established formal
name)!

Lee