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Ave Maria

On Monday, September 8, 2003, at 01:12  PM, zone65@bigpond.com wrote:

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?

Birds (interchangeable with the word Aves by most peoples usage)

I thought there might have been some arcane new distinction as I've seen both used separately in the same description.

is a subset of the Dinosauria.
Just as the set "spoons" are a subset of "cutlery". It doesn't stop the group from being any more real (which birds are).

I guess I'm just a little disoriented now that spoons are no longer considered a class, but just a plain old clade.

Hope this makes it a little clearer, John Conway


Peter M