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Re: Phylogenetic taxonomic definitions in Xiaotingia paper
True. It's almost as though we need some kind of code to govern
phylogenetic nomenclature, isn't it? A kind of "phylo-code", if you
Someone ought to write one.
On 27 July 2011 22:48, Mickey Mortimer <email@example.com> wrote:
> Ack. I wish people would stop redefining clades left and right.
> Coelurosauria is part of a simple node-stem triplet. We don't need to define
> Sinraptor and Carcharodontosaurus out of it.
> Avialae is ALSO part of a simple triplet, and Troodon does not need to be
> defined out of it.
> The whole point of phylogenetic definitions is to be stable so that we know
> what clade we're discussing at any time. If we keep on adjusting them, that
> defeats the purpose.
> Mickey Mortimer
>> Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2011 13:44:06 -0400
>> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
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>> Subject: Phylogenetic taxonomic definitions in Xiaotingia paper
>> >From the supplemental material:
>> "We used the following definitions of several higher-level theropod taxa
>> in this paper: Coelurosauria, the most inclusive clade containing Passer
>> domesticus Linnaeus 1758 but not Allosaurus fragilis Marsh 1877, Sinraptor
>> dongi Currie and Zhao 1993, and Carcharodontosaurus saharicus Depéret and
>> Savornin 1927; Paraves, the most inclusive clade containing Passer
>> domesticus Linnaeus 1758 but not Oviraptor philoceratops Osborn 1924;
>> Avialae, the most-inclusive clade containing Passer domesticus Linnaeus
>> 1758 but not Dromaeosaurus albertensis Matthew and Brown 1922 or Troodon
>> formosus Leidy 1956; Deinonychosauria, the most-inclusive clade containing
>> Dromaeosaurus albertensis Matthew and Brown 1922 but not Passer domesticus
>> Linnaeus 1758; Archaeopterygidae, the most inclusive clade including
>> Archaeopteryx lithographica Meyer 1861 but not Dromaeosaurus albertensis
>> Matthew and Brown 1922 or Passer domesticus Linnaeus 1758."
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