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Re: Dinosaur-bird link on 30 Rock
"Yep, that's because Säve-Söderbergh happened not to believe in
amniote monophyly in 1934 when he coined that name for the clade for
everything more closely related to the amniotes than to the
lissamphibians. (The paper is pretty impressive -- he stopped just
short of giving the name a phylogenetic definition.)"
Hmm. I figured it was because someone assumed the critters really were
(closer to) reptiles, much as they assumed with basal synapsids back
in the day. I didn't know questions of amniote monophyly cam into it.
"I actually plan to publish on this unfortunate little fact of history one day."
I figured this would be something you'd know about/be displeased by.
Godspeed. ; )