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Re: CNN.com: Ancient bones seized, returned to China

> See why you guys REALLY should split the birds off into their own little 
> group?  Maybe the absence of a long tail could be the dividing line?

Um . . . they *are* in their own little group. They've got  a trendy
little clade that excludes everything that isn't them. Unless, of
course, you'd like to remove them from the Vertebrata or the Animalia
altogether . . .

 . . . in which case, let's resurrect the Psychozoa too! Good times.

(Incidentally, cutting them out of the Dinosauria would only serve to
further cement public ignorance about phylogenetics . . . despite the
fact that people won't be saying "I'll have the dinosaur omelet" any
time soon.)