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Re: Koreanosaurus, new burrowing ornithopod [Meta]
> Note that although the _Koreanosaurus_ paper includes a cladogram,
the relationships of this taxon were never actually tested. As the
authors put it: "_Koreanosaurus was simply placed by hand on this
cladogramme [sic], on the base of the characters that can directly be
observed on the _Koreanosaurus_ material at hand." IMHO, this
approach should not be encouraged, because the figured cladogram
gives the misleading impression that a sister-taxon relationship was
recovered between _Orodromeus_ and _Koreanosaurus_. In fact, t
> [snippage in the original]
esis that _Koreanosaurus_ belonged to the 'zephyrosaur' clade
(_Zephyrosaurus_-_Orodromeus_-_Oryctodromeus_) was not tested, and
the precise affinities of _Koreanosaurus_ to other ornithischians
remain an open question.
This means the tree in the paper is _not_ a cladogram. The term
"cladogram" should only be used for the result of a cladistic analysis.
BTW, maybe the snip demon would disappear if you stopped using Yahoo!?
Has anyone else had that problem?