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Re: Turtles group with crocodiles and birds (NOT squamates) based on genome size



The following paper may be of interest--it appears to support a common 
ancestor for birds, crocodiles, and turtles that is separate from the 
squamate clade. 

Fumio Kasai, Patricia C. M. O'Brien and Malcolm A. Ferguson-Smith (2012) 
Reassessment of genome size in turtle and crocodile based on 
chromosome measurement by flow karyotyping: close similarity to 
chicken. 
Biology Letters (advance online publication) 
doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2012.0141 
http://rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/early/2012/03/27/rsbl.2012.0141.short?rss=1
 


Farlow: Ah. So maybe, in this case at least, there IS accounting for taste.