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Caudipteryx the oviraptorosaur (was RE: Pygostyle)
> From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of
> Jaime A. Headden
> Tim Williams wrote:
> <You could probably add _Caudipteryx_ to the list.>
> I could; however, given that an analysis explicitly
> comparing *Caduipteryx* to oviraptorosauria and other
> taxa outside of the general avian-mould, as was done
> by Ji et al. (1998), has not been done, thus
> suggesting placement, I am loathe to refer it.
Actually, such a paper HAS been published, in that obscure journal
Okay, so it is hidden from view, but in:
Sereno, P. C. 1999. The evolution of dinosaurs. Science 284:2137-2147.
the oviraptorosaurian nature of Caudipteryx is mentioned on p. 2143 (top of
the first column); character evidence supporting this position is in the
supplementary information online
The cladograms shown as figures in that analyses are actually composites of
several multiple analyses. The Tetanurae analysis includes _Caudipteryx_
and Oviraptoridae and Caenagnathidae and Avialae as separate OTUs.
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