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Re: DEFENDING MODERN BIOLOGY
Ken Kinman wrote:
Thecodontia is a paraphyletic group, not a polyphyletic "trash-can".
Now that you mention it, it WAS a polyphyletic trash-can. The Thecodontia
became a receptacle for any Triassic reptile that appeared to be an
archosaur and did not appear to be a dinosaur, crocodilian or pterosaur.
I've seen _Longisquama_, _Sharovipteryx_ (_Podopteryx_) and _Hupehsuchus_
all shoehorned into the Thecodontia. For the most part the Thecodontia was
a paraphyletic waste-basket, but its membership became so broad and
ill-defined that it occasionally the Thecodontia did become polyphyletic.
Come back Dr Holtz, all is forgiven!!!
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