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Re: Who says dromaeosaurs can't fly?
Is it just me, or is there actually little conflict between the
neoflightless hypothesis and cladism? Greg Paul's tree in DA looks very
similar to the results of many a phylogenetic analysis. The main
argument seems to be about the position of _Archaeopteryx_. Big deal.
As a supporter of cladism and neoflightlessness I just don't see the
problem. Phylogenetic analysis is currently the best tool we have for
discovering phylogeny. It's not perfect, but many cladists are working
to improve the method. And I think that phylogenetic analysis WILL be
able to support neoflightlessness, if given enough fossils.
There seems to be unnecessary polarization over cladistics. We need to
be building bridges, not burning them. Neoflightlessness doesn't
require ANY rearrangement of cladograms, if you think about it.
Anyway, that's my 2c...
John Conway, Palaeoartist
"All art is quite useless." - Oscar Wilde
Systematic ramblings: http://homepage.mac.com/john_conway/