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RE: WWD - layman's view



> From: owner-dinosaur@usc.edu [mailto:owner-dinosaur@usc.edu]On Behalf Of
> T. Mike Keesey
>
> On Sat, 29 Apr 2000, Terry W. Colvin wrote:
>
> > Cynodont - reptile with hair, burrows, young live on milk for
> three months
> > and hunts at night
>
> Not considered a reptile in phylogenetic taxonomy.
>
> > Coelusuchus - old reptile that lived in Antarctic rivers and
> forest ponds
>
> _Koolasuchus_ -- actually an Australian temnospondyl amphibian from the
> Early Cretaceous.

Actually, temnospondyls might not be amphibians in phylogenetic taxonomy
(i.e., may not be closer to modern lissamphibians than to reptiles); some
phylogenies place them as branching off prior to the amphibian-anthracosaur
split.

                Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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