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Re: mammal definition (was "Fossil Discovery Threatens")
In a message dated 6/26/2000 1:57:34 PM Pacific Daylight Time, ELurio writes:
> The problem is actually easy. Use different names when redefining things.
> you're going to have to choose between saurapsida and reptillia, choose
> saurapsida, it's less confusing.
I have to agree with you there. I would have much prefered to see Reptilia
dumped altogether as a formal taxonomic name. However, as matters currently
stand, Reptilia and Sauropsida are two different groups. Mesosaurs and
potentially all of the non-turtle "anapsids" and even many basal diapsids (if
turtles really are diapsids) are sauropsids but not reptiles.