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Re: Maniraptoriformes



In a message dated 8/11/00 9:37:08 PM EST, tmk@dinosauricon.com writes:

<< Why, if a) the current usage of Coelurosauria is widely understood, and b)
 Coelurosauria was phylogenetically defined earlier (Coeluria has never
 been phylogenetically defined), and c) Coeluria originally only included
 _Coelurus_, even though another (non-avian) coelurosaur (_Compsognathus_)
 was well-known at the time. >>

For one thing, the name Coelurosauria is not based on a generic name, but 
Coeluria is. For another, it's shorter and more compact, easier to pronounce 
and to write. It remains a mystery to me why Huene would bother to create a 
name such as Coelurosauria when the name Coeluria for the same group was 
already available.