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Re: Turtle ancestry (somewhat off-topic)



Dinogeorge@aol.com wrote:

>To this end, wait till you see the creature that Alex Downs has been working 
>on from the Ghost Ranch Coelophysis blocks: it looks like an aetosaur with a 
>toothed turtle's skull. Nearly complete skeleton a couple of feet long with 
>most dermal armor in place. Don't know when he'll publish it, but it is 
>forthcoming. Maybe turtles >are< highly derived archosaurs after all. Can
say 
>no more now.

So, where does that leave Michael Lee's idea that turtles and pareiasaurs
are sister groups? And what does Maisey at the AMNH have to say about this?

Raymond Thaddeus C. Ancog
Mines and Geosciences Bureau
Philippines