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Re: Asilisaurus kongwe, the Oldest Avian-line Archosaur and the Early Diversification of Ornithodira



"Phylogenetic analysis places Asilisaurus kongwe gen. et sp. nov. as
an avian-line archosaur and a member of the Silesauridae, which is
here considered the sister taxon to Dinosauria."

Wait . . . what? How can something be "avian-line" if it's not part of
the clade ancestral to Aves?

Or is that their point?