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RE: Asilisaurus kongwe

> From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu] 
> On Behalf Of Augusto Haro
> If the Silesauridae is the sister group of the Dinosauria, 
> then its presence in the Anisian indicates an older age for 
> the Dinosauria (I mean, as old as the Silesauridae).

Not as such, given that Dinosauria proper is a node-based group. It does
mean that there are members of the (unnamed) clade of Dinosauria and all
taxa closer to it than to Silesaurus were present, though.

> Also, 
> for pterosaurs, and the stem-taxa leading to Scleromochlus, 
> Lagerpeton and Marasuchus but not dinosaurs.
> Regarding the "bird-line", I think this corresponds to the 
> Avemetatarsalia (erected by Benton, 1999, in the 
> Scleromochlus paper in Philosophical Transactions). 
> Avemetatarsalia are all those living beings more closely 
> related to birds than to crocodiles.

Yes, indeed.

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