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Re: Oviraptor eggs and such
From: Ralph Chapman <MNHAD002@sivm.si.edu>
> ... I hope
> every teacher uses this as an excellent example of the dangers of
> assuming associations using historical data based solely on abundance
> data. Gave Oviraptor a bad rap though - the eggs were associated with
> the wrong end of the animal. Sorry.
I would make this even stronger: never assume anything without
This is the primary rule of science. (Experiments are simply
one obvious way of checking).
One of my first jobs furnishes a similar story.
The resting stage of a certain amoeba was assumed to be triggered
by starvation. The researcher I was assisting proved this was
NOT so, that the resting stage was triggered by crowding,
and that starvation merely starved them!
[The assumption in this case was almost as old as the one
in the Oviraptor case before it was overturned].
The peace of God be with you.