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Paraphyly is a term in cladistics. It means a group which does not include all its descendents. So Sauropsida without birds is paraphyletic, since birds are definitely descended from archosaurs, probably small theropod dinosaurs (origin of birds).

Paraphyly is corrected to monophyly when the missing group(s) are included. So if birds are included in Sauropsida, the larger group is then monophyletic. Traditional classification is often paraphyletic.


Anatomy of an amiotic egg This article is part of Project Glossary, a All Birds project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each term related to animals.


Hemipus picatus This article is part of Project Taxonomy, a All Birds project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each taxonomic term.


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