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Re: Do we have dromaeosaurid evolution backward?


"Of course the real test is with cladistic analyses"

I'm under the impression that the real test is finding fossils with
pertinent characters. Cladistic analyses do seem a good method to
avoid making implicit biases while deciding which phylogenetic
hypothesis is best supported by the current data. Or am I
misapprehending what you wrote?

Not that I haven't entertained the notion of Ornitholestes as a basal
dromaeosaur(id) ever since I noticed it had the incipient sickle claw.

Renato Santos