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Re: Are dinosaurs really reptiles?
Let's go for a name with a bit of baggage... Sauria. Thus Archosauria
and Dinosauria kind of logically follow as sub-names, when you explain
to the kiddies that each group is kind of like the last, but with
upgrades. Could call the squamates and testudines something, in
NeoGreco-Latin, meaning "sprawly, crawly" Sauria and "shelly" Sauria.
Tack on an extra prefix for sub-groups further in, so birds can be
"feathery" Dino-Sauria. Etc etc etc...
Just an idea, but the current situation seems like utterly ridiculous
T. Michael Keesey wrote:
Problem is, there's no good name for the crown group that I know of.
"Reptilia" has too much baggage. "Pholidota" was once used for a
similar taxon to "Reptilia", but now it's a clade of mammals. Maybe a
new name would be a good idea.