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Re: the tonight show



> > 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.

Under mine, it includes oviraptorosaurs, troodontids, tyrannosaurs etc.,
though not dromaeosaurs...