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Re: Turtles are parareptiles, and Eunotosaurus is their sister



On 9 June 2010 15:08, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. <tholtz@umd.edu> wrote:
>> From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu]
>> On Behalf Of Dora Smith
>>
>> Turtles aren't reptiles, now.   The rest of it got lost in
>> the technical
>> language.
>
> Sorry, but really it isn't that technical...
>
>> I'm afraid that was Eunotosaurus is doesn't tell
>> me much right
>> off the bat.   It doesn't sound like the term for "basal reptile".
>
> Eunotosaurus, a Middle Permian South African reptile:
> http://www.all-about-reptiles.com/images/eunotosaurus.gif
>
>> Pretty soon, there will be no reptiles left that are reptiles.
>
> Using the taxonomy in this paper Reptilia includes two major branches,
> parareptiles and eureptiles.

That is some truly horrible taxonomy.  So Reptilia contains
Parareptilia (i.e. that which is "alongside Reptilia").  I guess they
must have Pseudosuchia envy.