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Re: FEDUCCIA AND THE NEW YIXIAN DINOS/ Velocipraptorinae unseated!
> Although Currie, Padian, Chiappe, Gauthier, Ostrom etc certainly are correct
> that the closest non-bird relatives of birds are velociraptorine theropods,
I had to double-check on this to see if Velocipraptorinae is an inclusive clade
but it ain't, so....
(My how fast things change these days....) The Ji et al. paper has
the NEW closest non-bird relative of birds. Velocraptorinae has been unseated
from that title! They also have a new, as yet unnamed clade that includes
+ Avialae. But _Caudipteryx_ is now the closest sister taxon to the clade
(well, at least it is if one uses their data matrix...).
Their newly- (or soon to be) published cladogram is on the Web in all it's
> perhaps it would be a good idea for them to remind reporters that not everyone
> agrees with the ground up hypothesis, or for reporters to interview someone
> like Greg Paul (who was at the press conference).
Agreed. And on a slightly different topic, since this was sort of an important
science press conference, I do hope that either Currie or Norell, while at the
acknowledged GSP and Ostrom, sitting in the audience, to the press. It's the
could be done.