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Re: the tonight show
In a message dated 1/13/01 11:21:26 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> P.S. I certainly hope that you are right about your Jurassic "dino-birds",
> so that Aves can be expanded someday [oooops, I think I just heard some
> cladists grumbling].
Cladists _per se_ couldn't care less if Aves were expanded to include
oviraptorosaurs, dromaeosaurs, troodonts, tyrannosaurs, etc. Strict
adherents to phylogenetic taxonomy, however, would object that Aves already
has a definition and that under that definition Aves does not include the
groups named above, under most current phylogenetic hypotheses.