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Fwd: Ave Maria
Date: Mon Sep 8, 2003 1:12:18 PM Australia/Canberra
To: John Conway <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Ave Maria
On Monday, September 8, 2003, at 12:57 PM, John Conway wrote:
Ranks like "class", "phylum" etc. have been abandoned by many (most?)
palaenotologists (particularly those working on dinosaurs). Aves will
probably never be given a new rank.
This does make me wonder why the term Aves is still even used by
paleontologists... for that matter, why is 'bird' still used if
they're dinosaurs? Where is the distinction, and why? Is 'bird' now
just an informal term for feathery dinosaur? I imagine that birds
cannot be an 'order' of Dinosauria if such rankings have been
abandoned. Have zoologists also relinquished taxonomy ranks? Excuse my
ignorance, I ask on behalf of the befuddled masses....