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Re: A Word on ABSRD (long)



Tim Williams wrote on 02/14/2000:

> ... this âanalysisâ of _Megalancosaurus_ simply plucked the superficially 
bird-like
> 
characters out of this taxon and ignored all the rest.

Basically it would be nice to have a suite of bird-like characters found in 
animals outside the theropod clade for two reasons:

1. Perhaps being able to explain for what reason or under what selective 
pressures they developed in two different taxon.

2. Perhaps being able to test character independence in cladistic analyses.

Cheers

Heinz Peter Bredow