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RE: Shoehorning (Augury and Alvarezsauria)
--- "Jaime A. Headden" <email@example.com> wrote:
> Ken Kinman (firstname.lastname@example.org) quoted Norman Platnick (), a research
> arachnologist at the AMNH:
> <"It seems that there are at least two motivations behind this movement,
> which I'm ashamed to say was originated by two herpetologists from the
> U.S., Kevin De Queiroz and Jacques Gauthier. One motivation, seemingly,
> is just to find some way to salvage non-monophyletic groups like Reptilia
> and Dinosauria, so that herpetologists are not inconvenienced by increased
> understanding of amniote interrelationships."
> This goes back to the pre-1990's debate that still suggested that
> Dinosauria was polyphyletic.
Might he be saying that it's paraphyletic? (Which it is, if you exclude
_Aves_.) I don't think
he's saying that Reptilia is polyphyletic.
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