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Re: Bird-Dinosaur relationships?

>I think I could go on but I'm sure I've established a line of reasoning
>with these points. Without a broad scoped view of any problem any one trait
>can be used out of context to propose, or disprove, anything.

I agree entirely.  This is why, in a phylogenetic analysis, *all* of the
relevant information is considered simultaneously.  The dinosaurian nature
of birds is supported by several independent analyses relying on a large
body of data, not on single characters that, as you state, can be
misleading in the wrong context.


Christopher Brochu
Department of Geological Sciences
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712