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Re: birds and avians again
In a message dated 8/31/01 5:35:35 PM, email@example.com writes:
<< This is an endless discussion.
1) the vernacular definition of Aves
2) the Linnean definition of Aves = feathered, winged, WARM-blooded
3) the cladistic-genetic definition of Aves
1 and 2 are virtually the same, unless we consider bats as birds in some
languages and cultures.
3 is almost impossible to define. >>
No, 1 and 2 are exactly the same. There are no science books in ANY language
that condsider bats to be birds. The cladistic defintion of Aves is: An
unimportant offshoot of the much cooler dinosaur family which somehow managed
to survive the K/T boundry intact.