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A curious contradiction regarding RT
On Dec 17, 1996, Terry Jones wrote (in regards to criticisms about sample
size in the Science RT paper):
>By the way, the three dinosaurs we used were the only three available.
This contradicts information provided to me by Andrew Leitch,
who was a co-author of the Science paper and performed some of the
computed tomography (CT) work for that paper. In 1995, I had a long
(and _very_ expensive; calling Toronto isn't cheap) telephone conversation
with Andrew regarding RT, and he told me that in addition to the
_Nanotyrannus_ and ornithomimid skulls, they also had CT scans of the nasal
cavity of a nodosaurid ankylosaur. The nodosaur CT even showed a turbinate
preserved on one side of the nasal cavity. Andrew also gave me a list of
birds they had data for, which included a fulmar. Fulmars are members of
the Procellariiformes, a group of birds characterized by very narrow,
tubelike nasal cavities that contain RT.
Needlesstosay, when the Science paper came out, I was surprised
neither the nodosaur nor the fulmar data were presented. I E-mailed
John Ruben about this last November, but have yet to receive a reply.
Could anyone else out there shed light on this discrepancy?
Bang, B. G. (1966). The olfactory apparatus of tubenosed birds
(Procellariiformes). Acta Anatomica, 65, 391-415.
Dept. of PEHR
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA 98225