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Re: questions about the Odontochelys study

If placodonts (cyamodonts) then the teeth are wrong, etc. etc. If
nothosaurs and plesiosaurs, well... um... I'm still looking for some

I'll put it bluntly: Only Robert Carroll has the right to believe that "sister-group" is another word for "ancestor". I know Bob Carroll, I... uh... met him once, and you, sir, are no Bob Carroll! :o)

Wouldn't something slow and lumbering fit better?

That's just one character.

I'll dig up deBraga & Rieppel 1997 in an hour or two and try to post some synapomorphy lists and the tree.