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Re: BANDS > PADS vs. PALS
It's never a good fit when one is forced to say things like:
"Pterosaurs appear suddenly in the fossil record."
For years I've been trying to get you to address the fact that different
taxa have different preservation potentials at different times in
You just keep making the assumption that all preservation potentials are
equal and constant.
Have you looked into the origin of lissamphibians lately? That of
squamates? That of lepidosaurs?
[...] you should look very carefully at the ornithodires and try to
see if you can find an elongated fifth toe. If you can't find one
among them, and you won't, it's time to look to other taxa. Also look
for digit IV longer than III. That's the primitive condition in
You're assuming that neither reversals nor convergence between suchians
and dinosauromorphs happened. PAUP* doesn't.
<<But what we really need are basal pterosauromorphs. >>
What if you never find them? Good luck in your search.
Let's wait till Atanassov publishes...