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Being "scientific" about segnosaurs
I certainly hope Jaime understands that I wasn't dismissing his views
as being irrelevant. I am simply pointing out that a purely cladistic
approach is not the only scientific way to analyze problems of phylogeny. I
feel obligated to defend eclecticism against the charge that it is
I can certainly understand why people get upset with Feduccia's
approach (which I regard as extreme eclecticism). But I am forming a
falsifiable hypothesis of coelurosaurian phylogeny that will be testable.
If it fails scientific scrutiny, I'll admit it and accept it. But please
don't brand it as unscientific just because it challenges the holophyly of
"enigmosauria". This is very serious stuff, and I wouldn't be sticking my
neck out like this if I didn't think it was important. If I'm wrong, and
"enigmosauria" is holophyletic, so be it. Until then, I will be seriously
considering the possibility that "enigmosauria" is based on homoplasies and
is probably paraphyletic. It's a very tricky part of the coelurosaur tree,
and am I just pursuing the problem in a more eclectic manner. This is not
going to be easy, so I've got to get back to work. Especially exploring how
the convex coracoid glenoid may help support my alternative topology.
----- Cheers, Ken
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