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Re: justification for excluding lagerpetids and/or pterosaurs from a phylogenetic analysis of the Archosauria
> Echoing Tim: I fail to see how this justifies the exclusion of lagerpetids
> and/or pterosaurs from a phylogenetic analysis of Archosauria. The fact that
> some authors find pterosaurs to fall outside of Archosauria does not mean
> that pterosaurs should be excluded from archosaurian analyses, any more than
> the papers finding pterosaurs to fall within archosaurs indicate that you
> should exclude them from your lepidosaurian tree. Pterosaurs might not be
> archosaurs - that does not mean that they cannot be included in an analysis
> looking at Archosaurian relationships. If I produced a tree tomorrow that
> found snakes outside of lepidosauria, then is every subsequent worker
> suddenly obligated to exclude snakes from every future lepidosaurian analysis?
Fine. Keep them in. They don't contribute one iota to a better understanding of
the origin of dinosaurs, unfortunately. If they did, I'd be on your side.