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Re: Nemicolopterus phylogeny

On Feb 13, 2008 8:49 AM, david peters <davidrpeters@earthlink.net> wrote:
> I'm also one who cannot fathom how toothed spoonbilled pteros are derived 
> from toothless spear-tipped pteros. There's got to be a better cladogram!

CMIIW (I haven't read the paper yet), but couldn't _Nemicolopterus_'
toothlessness simply be a convergent character?

> And Yes, that's yet another tiny pterosaur at the base of a major clade. 
> Funny how often that happens. Zap! There goes arrow in the torso of Cope's 
> Rule...

Wouldn't that *support* Cope's Rule?

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