It’s been awhile since I last updated ReptileEvolution.com.
Just sent off the third of three papers. So, I’ve been busy and it has been interesting discovering things along the way. The family trees for the Pterosauria and the Reptilia will not be updated until the publication of these works. Sorry about that.
Only a few poorly preserved taxa moved.
The tree topology remains the same. The navigation bars have been updated. Should make it easier to get around, especially if you know what you’re looking for.
While we’re on the subject,
It’s been two years since Darren Naish at Tetrapod Zoology took a swipe at ReptileEvolution.com. I don’t think he’ll notice or appreciate the changes, but I have been checking, double checking and getting new data. Not all of it is up yet (see above for the reason). As you know, I have been criticized, but I’m not married to any of this. I do put out what I’ve learned because Science, in all of its forms, needs to be tested. Are my tests correct? Maybe not. I’ve been wrong thousands of times. Getting it right in the end is my only goal here. At present things seem better than they were. More parsimonious. Sister taxa show gradual evolutionary changes, etc.
My posts have not been produced daily lately, like they were for the first 1000 or so. Whether I’m running out of steam, finding fewer things to talk about in this realm, or there has been a reduced flow of fun new paleo-discoveries, I don’t know.
For those who are interested…
Publication doesn’t guarantee acceptance or even discussion of novel discoveries. It’s been 14 years since Cosesaurus and kin were introduced as more parsimonious ancestors than any known archosaur/archosauromorph. Yet, pterosaur workers are still putting Euparkeria into their matrices when Parasuchus comes out closer on their tree. Very odd. Almost funny if it weren’t so tragic.
Along the same lines, if you google “Pterosaur pteroid” you’ll find a listing for an Ask the Biologist answer on this subject that is surprising given that the origins of the pterosaur pteroid were published in 2002 and 2009. Experts Mark Witton and Dave Unwin in their books on pterosaurs likewise ignore published literature and report that the origin of the pteroid remains an unsolved mystery.
While I’ve gotcha…
I would like to turn you all on to a pretty sharp dinosaur YouTube video I saw recently that I’m probably the last one on the block to hear about. Surprisingly the theropods all have what seems to be an appropriate amount of feathers. Even the big ones!
It’s about an hour and eleven minutes. Not too hokey, either. Enjoy!