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RE: Sauropodz r kewl WAS: silly conversation on 2012 US presidential race

> From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu] 
> On Behalf Of Mike Keesey
> Being a small extant taxon with a much larger sister group? 
> There are plenty of dinosaurian taxa like that. How about 
> Struthio (sister to the rest of Palaeognathae), Anhimidae 
> (sister to Anseres), or Coliidae (sister to the rest of 
> Dendrornithes)? Or Palaeognathae (sister to Neognathae)?
And stepping out to extant Archosauria as a whole: little Crocodylia vs. mighty 
Over in Mammalia: little Monotremata vs. mighty Theria, and middling Marsupalia 
vs. giant Placentalia within Theria.

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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