It is frickin’ FINALS WEEK how do you expect me to get ANY work done with THIS HAPPENING
So, story time.
I hear on Twitter this morning from Tom Holtz/Darren Naish/others that something big is going to be happening in the dinosaur world. Alright, sounds cool, but in the meantime it’s finals week and I have to get stuff done and all that
Somewhat unrelated side note, one of the papers I’m working on is an overview of Drepanosauromorpha (that’s due tonight, I might add) and I have the Renesto et al. 2010 monograph open and I’m trying to process it all, but haha whoops so much for concentrating on that amirite my entire fucking conception of how the world works has just been blown to fuckin’ smithereens
I’m there at the university cafeteria, trying to write papers, minding my own business when my phone just LIGHTS UP and buzzes up a storm from twitter and discord and everywhere else
Having forgotten that “big news” was coming, I see what all the fuss is about, and in an instant my life ripped into tatters
So here’s the dealio:
Theropods and ornithschians now group together in the newly resurrected clade Ornithoscelida
Saurischia now consists solely of Sauropodomorpha and Herrerasauridae
Because of all this, there’s a new phylogenetic definition for Dinosauria that adds Diplodocus to the Passer domesticus+Triceratops+MRCA+all descendants clade
Tom Holtz is going to be in Pennsylvania for a talk this weekend and YOU BET I AM GOING TO PICK HIS BRAINS OUT ABOUT THIS I MEAN HOT DAMN
I’m still trying to parse through all this because a) it’s a pretty hefty paper and b) I REPEAT IT IS FINALS WEEK I CANNOT HANDLE ALL THIS RIGHT NOW
Check out the paper linked in ADAD’s post that’s going around, and check out the supplementary info if you get a chance, there’s one helluva character matrix in there.
Understandably this is going to be controversial and I’m looking forward to the arguments for/against from all sides. All this is reminding me of the Brontosaurus paper - an unexpected, saucy taxonomic revelation that’s actually backed by a giant mass of raw data and hard science. I look forward to the future.
(And yes, I’ve been gone awhile, again…details soon. I’ve had school and all that. Plus, there may be some exciting developments in the near future…stay tuned.)
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