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RE: ooo missed this one - this will stir the BAND pot
The other thing to remember is that BAND ("birds-are-not-dinosaurs") has long
ceased to be a hypothesis. It does not offer an alternative to BAD
("birds-are-dinosaurs"), and is now solely dedicated to bringing down the BAD
hypothesis. Thus, BAND is an antithesis, not a hypothesis.
To that end, alleged flaws in BAD are held up by the BANDits as refutations of
the BAD hypothesis. However, even if any of the BANDit claims are valid (e.g.,
the 1-2-3/2-3-4 digital homology issue), it does not mean that the BAD
phylogenetic hypothesis (= birds are nested inside Theropoda) is falsified.
This is nothing more than naive falsification on the part of the BANDits.