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"Thecodonts" (was RE: On the subject of mysterious absences...The Answer)

> From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu] 
> On Behalf Of Adam
> BTW Is "thecodont" still a useful term? Or is it too inclusive?

Too paraphyletic. It is basal archosauriforms, crurotarsans (aka
pseudosuchians) minus crocodylomorphs, and basal ornithodirans
(lagerpetonids, _Marasuchus_, _Scleromochlus_, silesaurs, but not dinosaurs
or pterosaurs).

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Email: tholtz@umd.edu   Phone: 301-405-4084
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Senior Lecturer, Vertebrate Paleontology
Dept. of Geology, University of Maryland
Fax: 301-314-9661               

Faculty Director, Earth, Life & Time Program, College Park Scholars
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