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RE: Greg Paul is right (again); or "Archie's not a birdy"... but Jeholornis is (not!)

  There must be something about seeing one's own name in lights that makes one 
giddy as -- they say -- a schoolgirl.

  You will note a general trend that the topic rarely changes in full -- it 
just gets addenda attached to it. This has two, so far, so the title _has_ 
changed. Also, the topic has stayed largely on-target, as we continue to 
discuss the import and meaning of moving the term "Aves" and how this impacts 
"birds" -- or, effectively, ARE you right? I don't think this phylogenetic 
analysis is the final word in the argument, nor will the next that revises it, 
and as such, I doubt "Greg Paul is right" will be "true" for very long.


  Jaime A. Headden
  The Bite Stuff (site v2)

"Innocent, unbiased observation is a myth." --- P.B. Medawar (1969)

"Ever since man first left his cave and met a stranger with a
different language and a new way of looking at things, the human race
has had a dream: to kill him, so we don't have to learn his language or
his new way of looking at things." --- Zapp Brannigan (Beast With a Billion 

> Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2011 15:36:50 -0400
> From: GSP1954@aol.com
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: Re: Greg Paul is right (again); or "Archie's not a birdy"... but 
> Jeholornis is (not!)
> In a message dated 8/5/11 2:17:33 PM, skeletaldrawing@gmail.com writes:
> << No, Jeholornis isn't a bird. Niether are enantiornithines. None of
> them are near the crown. They're just protobirds which better
> approximate actual birds as they approach the crown group. >>
> Oh, piddle paddle. If it's a dinosaur with wings (or whose ancestor had
> them) and a short tail its a bird. Sapeornis, Confuciusornis, Ichthyornis and
> Hesperornis were all boids. Whether they were in Aves is another matter, but
> they were birds. If it looks like a bird then its a bird. So I'll be damned
> if I am not going to call them protobirds that being appropriate for long
> tailed fliers and long tailed neoflightless taxa.
> Now usually when a subject drifts away from the original topic I object to
> the heading retaining the same title. But for some reason I cannot quite put
> my finger on I like that this particular subject heading has not changed.
> Exactly why eludes me but its is such a superb title. May it enjoy a long
> life.
> GSPaul
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