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RE: Microraptor hanqingi, new species from China.



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> Date: Tue, 22 May 2012 09:46:46 -0400
> From: tholtz@umd.edu
> To: tijawi@gmail.com; dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: RE: Microraptor hanqingi, new species from China.
>
> > From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu]
> > On Behalf Of Tim Williams
> >
> >
> > BTW, the dinosaur classification in the "The Princeton Field
> > Guide to Dinosaurs" drove me absolutely nuts, especially the
> > rampant lumping.
>
> Something worth pointing out here:
>
> * Paleontologists who work in other taxa (especially in non-vertebrates) 
> consider pretty much all dinosaur paleontologists as crazy
> splitters. In some cases, Greg's lumping is more in line with standard 
> taxonomic practice for other paleotaxa than is the standards
> of the community. (Basically, most of the taxa at "subfamily" or "tribe" 
> levels in dinosaur paleo [or at least those with -inae and
> and -ini endings] would wind up as genera in other disciplines).



Do taxonomists in these other specialties care if genera are paraphyletic? 
 That's the usual justification I see whenever someone splits a dinosaur genus.