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Re: Turtles are parareptiles, and Eunotosaurus is their sister
On 9 June 2010 16:30, Jocelyn Falconnet <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>>> 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.
>> Take it up with E.C. Olson, though. These terms have been around since the
> Horrible name, yes, but widely used since the 40's indeed.
> Do we really have to abandon taxon name unfaithful to their original
> definition/meaning ?
No we don't. It is, of course, the lesser of two evils to retain the names.
But that certainly doesn't mean we can't whine about it!