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Re: The Dinosauria 2nd Ed. - Phylogenetic Taxonomy

Quoting Mickey Mortimer <Mickey_Mortimer111@msn.com>:

> Paraves (Passer domesticus <- Oviraptor philoceratops)

If we're going to have a clade named 'beside birds', can we please have it not
*include* birds?

> Coelophysidae (Coelophysis + Syntarsus) (Holtz, 1994)

So, potentially, Coelophysidae = _Coelophysis_.

> Neoceratosauria (Ceratosaurus <- Coelophysis) (Holtz, 1994, 1998)

So there's a decent chance that turkeys are neoceratosaurs.  Great.

> Abelisauroidea (Carnotaurus sastrei <- Ceratosaurus nasicornis) (Holtz,
> 1994, 1998; Padian et al., 1999)
> Abelisauria (Noasaurus + Carnotaurus) (some)

I'd like to see these definitions switched (or, rather, to have the following:)

Abelisauria (Abelisaurus comahuensis <- Ceratosaurus nasicornis),
Abelisauroidea (Abelisaurus comahuensis + Noasaurus leali)

But maybe that's just my aesthetic desire to have -ia names be larger clades
than -oidea names.

Nick Pharris
Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Linguistics
University of Michigan