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Having spent the whole of my lunch hour drinking heavily (could be
worse.. I could have been attending the Australian crocodile biology
symposium - no heavy drinking going on there I bet) , I am having
trouble constructing a coherent email that makes sense. But here
'CAT-LIKE' WEALDEN THEROPODS
At some point in one of the many interviews he has now given on the
subject, Steve Hutt mentioned that his new theropod may have been
somewhat cat-like in its behaviour. He probably meant that it might
have been an agile ambush hunter (he most likely did *not* have Tom's
'grapple and slash' analogies in mind). Thereafter, journalists
referred to the animal as 'cat-like dinosaur', and the ones that
then based little news items on _these_ news items saw the words
'Cretaceous' and 'Cat', and thought.. Cretaceous cat. Thus local
radio and a number of little newspaper articles ended up talking
about a newly discovered fossil cat from the Cretaceous of the Isle
of Wight. I kid you not.
I emphasise, there is nothing cat-like whatsoever about this new
animal. It is simply a case of journalistic misunderstanding and
misemphasis. I repeat.. there is *nothing* especially cat-like about
this new theropod.
I will report on the Cretaceous biodiversity conference when (a) I
have sobered up, (b) I have returned Johnsgard (1993) to the library
and picked up Bininda-Emonds et al.'s big monograph on phocid
monophyly, and (c) I have attempted to correct some of the incorrect
emails concerning New Zealand rallids posted earlier on this list.
Why are people from _Science_ trying to get in touch with Paul Davis?
"I like dicynodonts, but I couldn't eat a whole one"