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Re: OCCAM'S RAZOR & THERIZINOSAURS
At 12:11 AM 7/29/98 +0100, John "High Priest of Olsvhevsky-ism" Jackson wrote:
>> However, I honestly would not have expected the presence of a
>therizinosaur in the Lower Jurassic. Does everyone advocating a
>bullatosaurian or oviraptorosaurian affinity of therizinosaurs really
>appreciate what this means? < [snip]
>Yup. Three wierd discoveries within twelve months, and only George
>"Cassandra" Olshevsky's theories predicted them all. Spooky eh?
Very curious statement...
The feathered nonavians had long been predicted by non-BCFers: you should
have seen Ostrom strutting around at the press conference (and correctly so).
The supposed Early Jurassic therizinosauroid (which may be what they say it
is, but some non-dentary material would be nice to confirm this isn't some
wierd non-therizinosauroid sauropodomorph, especially as this dentary lacks
some features shared by therizinosauroids, troodontids, etc.) was a bit of a
surprise, but is equally explained by the Colbert-Chatterjee hypothesis
(i.e., all major lines of dinosaurs originated in the Triassic).
Don't know what the third discovery is...
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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