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RE: New paper on pre-Archaeopteryx coelurosaurian dinosaurs





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> Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2010 14:36:17 -0400
> From: jaseb@amnh.org
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: Re: New paper on pre-Archaeopteryx coelurosaurian dinosaurs
>
> I hope that no one goes overboard about the alternative hypothesis in the new 
> Xu paper. It is a major rearrangement, but it is based only on a few 
> characters off the top of the authors' heads. The authors state it best:

> I hope that no one goes overboard about the new Xu et al. paper. As the 
> authors state themselves: "such a phylogenetic hypothesis would have 
> significant implications for the reconstruction of the theropod - bird 
> transition but it has yet to be tested by quantitative analysis."
>
> Indeed, the reader may wonder why the authors would publish an alternative 
> phylogeny before doing any analysis.
 
 So they aren't the only ones testing it?