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Re: Body size terminology



Brachiosauridae is a large-bodied clade, but not a large clade.

-- Mike.



On 30 July 2012 01:20, David Marjanovic <david.marjanovic@gmx.at> wrote:
> Brad McFeeters wrote, truncatedly:
>
>> In some recent papers I have  seen dinosaurs described as
>
>> "small-bodied" or "large-bodied" instead of simply "small" or
>> "large." Does this actually clarify anything?
>
> In rare circumstances, it means that "small" and "large" are meant literally
> rather than in some metaphorical way. A small clade, for instance, would
> probably be one with low diversity, not necessarily a small-bodied clade.
>
> But usually there's no point, it's just a habit.
>