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Re: Greg Paul is right (again); or "Archie's not a birdy"... but Jeholornis is (not!))
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- Subject: Re: Greg Paul is right (again); or "Archie's not a birdy"... but Jeholornis is (not!))
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- Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2011 17:36:31 +1000
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> Tim is way off the mark here. The neoflightless hypothesis which is
> actually based on logical analysis is readily scientifically testable via the
> fossil record without cladistics.
Except when cladistics agrees with you, as happened with the
Archie-is-a-deinonychosaur cladogram. Then you'll take it - quite
> Kind of like how Charles D figured out humans are apes rather than say
> baboons without any cladograms. It's pretty obvious.
Or like when somebody else thought that therizinosaurs were
transitional to prosauropods+ornithischians without any cladograms.
How'd that work out? ;-)
> If I had followed Tim's misunderstanding of scientific methodology and gone
> cladistic way back,
I think I understand scientific methodology pretty well - including
the bit about "testability". I don't see any of that in your
methodology. Just a lot of hand-waving, and cherry-picking of
cladograms - or parts of cladograms. When a cladogram puts
_Archaeopteryx_ in with the deinonychosaurs, then all is well in the
world. But if the same cladogram fails to find a unique link between
_Sapeornis_ and oviraptorosaurs, or between _Jeholornis_ and
therizinosaurs... well, those parts of the cladogram get left for dead
- apparently. Your approach is, shall we say, "eclectic".