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Re: Dinosaur Debate on C-Span
In a message dated 12/26/98 10:57:30 PM EST, MKIRKALDY@aol.com writes:
<< Newt comes off as an informed amateur, with ideas but no scientific
background, not understanding having to be able to falsify a theory.
Horner could have nailed him on many points, but it was a friendly
debate and not a paleontology death match. >>
Actually, I found Newt to be quite well informed, considering he has little
background in paleo and no formal training in the field. He corrected Jack a
few times. Trouble with the whole scavenger-predator debate is that there's
only one way to falsify any of the hypotheses, and that is to go back in time
and make copious field observations of living tyrannosaurs. Until this becomes
possible, the debate must remain unscientific. Anatomical features and fossil
data can prove or disprove nothing.