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Re: Correction and Question

Jerry D. Harris wrote:

>         A quick question:  since most of the croc workers out there are
> using "Crocodylia" instead of "Crocodilia," I assume the former is correct,
> but it only seems to be in the last few years that the former took
> precedence over the latter spelling.  What's the story behind the change?

A quick answer:  both spellings have been used over the past two
centuries, and neither was really the "correct" one - it all depended on
who you worked with.  We're settling on "Crocodylia" because the first
phylogenetic definition of the group (by Jim Clark in 1986) used that


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