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Re: theropod phylogenies
Darren Naish <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
while cladistics consistently supports the nesting of birds within
Theropoda, even if you are a vehement frothing-at-the-mouth never-to-
be-converted angry ANTI-cladist, simple morphological comparison will
convince you that birds are theropods. Indeed, note that many who support
the theropod nature of birds are highly critical of cladistics (e.g.,
Last I heard, Peter Dodson and John Ostrom were also highly critical of
cladistics; and both favor an origin for birds among theropod dinosaurs.
The idea that birds-are-dinosaurs is merely a cladist obsession (or
'Movement' sensu Olson) is a mischaracterization of the debate.
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