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Re: Feduccia et al. (2005) Critique

2005/10/11, Michael Mortimer <mickey_mortimer111@msn.com>:
> Topic 4- The avian identity of Caudipteryx.

That's easy. Everything that has structures undoubtly similar to
feathers is a non-theropod bird (despite their other osteological
characteristic that unite them to theropods). If it's just fibers, so
they are non-avian theropods.

> "To illustrate the difficulty of defining the various dinosaur groups,
> Carroll (1988, p. 290) pointed out that "The 'carnosaur' families may each
> have evolved separately from different groups that have been classified as
> coelurosaurs.""
> LOL  Why?  Why do you make it so easy to insult you, Feduccia?  I know that
> _I_ go to Carroll (1988) whenever I need my dinosaur phylogeny questions
> answered. ;)

But it's a classical, we could not deny a classic. So we must go to
Owen's work to picture dinosaur evolution.

> Apparently, there's a tendancy for us dinosaur workers "to gloss over major
> problems of phylogenetics in the field. For example, in the new, 861-page
> 2nd edition of The Dinosauria (Weishampel et al., 2004), the chapter on
> dinosaur origins (Benton, 2004, p. 16) devotes only two paragraphs to the
> monophyly of Dinosauria! (Larsson, 2005)."  Okay, Feduccia, you may not
> realize this, but dinosaurian monophyly hasn't been a problem since the
> early eighties.  There's nothing to gloss over.  Workers sorted it out over
> a decade ago (Gauthier, 1986; Brinkman and Sues, 1987; Novas, 1992; Sereno
> and Novas, 1993; Sereno, 1993; Novas, 1996)

I wonder how many paragraphs is devote in Pough et al's Vertebrate
Life to discuss the vertebrate monophyly or in a mammal text-book to
consider the mammal monophyly...

> "Like the term "thecodont," a collective term to describe Triassic basal
> archosaurs, coelurosaur and carnosaur describe, respectively, small and
> large theropod dinosaurs."
> No they don't, you ignorant man.  Please stop brandishing about your
> pre-90's dinosaur phylogenetic knowledge as if it were relevent.

Carroll 1988...

>  And the reasons maniraptorans couldn't be theropods are never addressed.

Obvious, if they are bird would be a *gasp* dinosaur... And we know
that bird is not a dinosaur.


Roberto Takata