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Re: Martin and furcular homology



<<As of October 2002, he was a MANIAC (Maniraptorans Are Not In Actuality
Coelurosaurs)>>

Ha! I love that acronym.

<<Seems he officially believes that maniraptorans are birds, but that other
coelurosaurs are unrelated.  He terms this the "Paulian hypothesis", though
it's only similar in thinking of maniraptorans as 2F and preferring the
arboreal origin.  In his mind, maniraptorans and other birds evolved from a
Longisquama-like creature.  And like Czerkas believes, some taxa (eg.
Scansoriopteryx) are just too hard to place as birds or dinosaurs until a
more in depth study is completed.>>

To be fair, though, this is not so much a change in position as a rhetorical 
attempt to *keep from* changing it.

Have you read Martin et al's 1998 paper, Mickey? I *must* know what he said.

-Sean