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RE: Podokesauridae (RE: tiny-armed theropods)
What was your reason in 1994 for elevating it to an "-oidea"? Gregory Paul
originally used Coelophysidae for the whole group including *Dilophosaurus* and
coelophysids in the strict sense (his Coelophysinae).
> Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2011 09:51:02 -0400
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> Subject: Podokesauridae (RE: tiny-armed theropods)
> > From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu]
> > On Behalf Of Matthew Martyniuk
> > It's worth remembering that our current "stable" names became
> > that way after unseating previously stable names, sometimes a
> > matter of a decade or two ago (anybody remember
> > Podokesauridae, which was supplanted by Coelophysidae in the
> > early 1990s for no discernible reason)?
> Given that I and Greg Paul and a few others are largely responsible for that,
> here is the reason:
> What positive evidence is there that Podokesaurus is in any way, shape, or
> form more closely related to Coelophysis & company than
> to (for example) tetanurines? Or basal to neotheropods?
> The characters originally used to unite Podokesaurus, Coelophysis,
> "Syntarsus" & friends was: little theropod that lived before the
> Middle Jurassic. Not really a strong case for monophyly there...
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