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RE: Details on SVP 2002 Part 1 (ABSRD)
Mickey Mortimer wrote:
>Seems he officially believes that maniraptorans are birds, but that
> other coelurosaurs are unrelated.
It'll be interesting (though not especially informative from a scientific
perspective), to see where Martin, Czerkas and friends draw the line. Who
belongs in this "Aves+Maniraptora" group and who doesn't? Deinonychosaurs
are in, oviraptorosaurs and the rest are out? Is that the deal?
> He terms this the "Paulian hypothesis", though it's only similar
> in thinking of maniraptorans as 2F and preferring the arboreal origin.
"Paulian hypothesis", huh? As far as I know, Paul of Samosata, bishop of
Antioch, didn't give much thought to the evolution of Mesozoic birds -
paleontology was at a very rudimentary stage in the 3rd century A.D. He did
have some interesting ideas on the divinity of Christ, however.