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Re: birds and/or/with dino's
> Or we could just use Paraxonia for Artiodactyla + Cetacea (assuming
> cetaceans aren't crown artiodactyls, as I increasingly suspect they
I lean the other way: that cetaceans are *not* crown artiodactyls at
all (despite - or maybe because of - what the molecular analyses
The way I see it, the great mystery is not the position of the whales
anymore, but the position of the ruminants (next to whales + hippos
according to molecular data, next to camels by
Sure, the latest morphological analysis (in the *Indohyus* paper) found
whales + raoellids and artiodactyls as sister-groups, but that analysis
was rather lacking in "anthracotheres", and I think all characters were
unordered or something... have to check...
Names coined for novel clades recovered by molecular analysis are
unfortunately notorious for these kind of monikers (Cetartiodactyla,
Euarchontoglires, Pegasoferae, etc).
Pegasoferae almost parodizes this approach. I like it. :-)
For Euarchontoglires, there's an alternative: Supraprimates Waddell et
al. 1999 (supra = beyond). I've also seen "Glimates" ( = "Glires +
Primates") a few times on the Internet, but that's not published.