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Turtles and Diverity was Re: Classification of Plesiosaurs and Ichthyosaurs?



In a message dated 5/17/01 6:29:43 PM, kinman@hotmail.com writes:

<< Ichthyosaurs may well 
end up in Archosauromorpha, and the turtles could end up there as well 
(that's the one I'm hoping for).  >>

WHY?!?!?!?!?!  Shouldn't a greater diversity of life living today be far 
cooler than greater extinction of forms? Assuming that turtles are anapsids, 
isn't that better for the study of life than having them being just a tiny, 
insignificant offshoot of the  Archosauromorpha like many here are trying to 
make birds?

True this is the Dinosaur group, but still, why try to make EVERYTHING 
Archosauromorphs? There was a great diversity of reptiles [classical 
definition] during the Paleozoic and Triassic, and to say that MORE of these 
"Clades" should be extinct is just awful.

Let's here it for diversity!!!

eric l.