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Hone and Benton 2009, quick hit
Just wrote a long letter to Prof. Mike Benton and David Hone after
reading Hone and Benton, 2009, their contribution to Zitteliana 28.
Had to defend Cosesaurus and kin once again.
In short, they wrote a paper against the placement of pterosaurs in
the Prolacertiformes, a position I fostered in 2000 and defend to
this day. And, incredibly, they pulled it off without mentioning or
referencing Peters 2000 even once (ala Unwin 2004, Pterosaurs from
Deep Time). They compounded their sin and created their straw dog
when they reported that Bennett 1996 placed pterosaurs near or in
Prolacertiformes, when he did neither. Then they scored 229 of 324
characters with a question mark for both Langobardisaurus and
Cosesaurus, two virtually complete and articulated pterosaur sister
candidate fossils, which is intolerable, but perhaps permitted
because... They were excused from actually examining the fossils by
creating a supertree matrix and the rules say you just deal with the
data points there. They self-confessed the only supertree they used
that actually had pterosaurs in it was that of Bennett 1996. So you
wonder how pterosaurs nested where they did...
To readers of the DML, this is old territory. Anyone interested in
the gory details can write me.
re: Contrasting supertree and total-evidence methods: the origin of
the pterosaurs, Zitteliana 28, pp. 35-60, 2009
By David W. E. Hone & Michael J. Benton
PS. Still glad that Sobral and Langer 2008 were brave enough to test
Langobardisaurus, Cosesaurus and kin and found them to nest with