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Re: If not "Raptors," then what?




On Monday, September 2, 2002, at 11:35 AM, T. Michael Keesey wrote:

_Dromaeosauridae_ sensu Sereno (a stem-based clade excluding _Troodon_; I
forget what the internal specifier was, although by draft PhyloCode rules it
should be _Dromaeosaurus albertensis_) would work, and it might also include
_Microraptor_.

Umm... wouldn't this definition include birds, if they are closer to dromaeosaurids than to troodontids. Was there more to the definition to avoid this?


Or is the Deinonychosauria now so well supported that such a possibility was not even considered? :-)

John Conway, Palaeoartist

"All art is quite useless." - Oscar Wilde

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