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Re: Benton et al.'s Supertree

In a message dated 5/17/02 2:40:26 AM Pacific Daylight Time, mike@tecc.co.uk writes:

Caudipteryx is a basal member of
   Paraves: it is excluded from both Oviraptorosauria (contra
   Sereno 1999) and Avialae (contra Ji et al. 1998), while
   Metornithes is monophyletic and contains Ornithothoraces,
   Avimimus (Chatterjee 1991; contra Holtz 1994) and
   Alvarezsauridae (Chiappe et al. 1996; contra Sereno 1999).

So mostly, these seem to be pretty much the standard interpretations,
with the exception maybe of megalosaurs being closer to tetanurans
than to spinosaurs;

I don't know.  A non-oviraptorosaurian _Caudipteryx_ is pretty odd these days.

--Nick P.