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Re: Non-serpentine lacertids (was RE:WHAT'S GOING ON?)

In a message dated 7/2/00 7:47:10 PM, tmk@dinosauricon.com writes:

<< > A varanid is a lizard, an iguana is a lizard. Viperids are snakes and so 
> colubrids. 

"Lizard" and "snake" are wholly vernacular terms. >>

...and so should reptile!!!! If you're going to stick to the old class system 
[and why not? it works!!!!!!], then Squamata(Lizards) and Serpantes(snakes) 
are completely valid terms. The fact that long legless lepidosaurs have 
evolved several times [much to the distress of all those anti-convergance 
people out there], has nothing to do with that.

eric l.