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Re: Paleogaffe in NATURAL HISTORY Magazine -Reply
Regarding this paleogaffe in NATURAL HISTORY Magazine:
>> "From ostriches to sparrows, birds find their
>> closest relatives among the extinct sauropod dinosaurs,
>> which included the likes of Tyrannosaurus rex and the
>> huge brontosaurians."
At 11:37 AM 5/20/1998 -0400,
Ralph Chapman <CHAPMAN.RALPH@NMNH.SI.EDU> wrote:
RC--> Niles [Eldridge] obviously meant saurischian
RC--> rather than sauropod. I've known Niles for 20 years
RC--> and can vouch for the fact that he know the difference.
RC--> It's real easy to have typos insinuate themselves into pubs,
RC--> especially more popular ones for some reason. This would
RC--> not be caught by a spell checker either. Nuff said.
Very true! This is why we need children.
My 12-year-old daughter caught this one!
Actually, Eldridge probably did not write the box in which the
error appeared. Often such boxes are written by editorial types with
only a cursory understanding of the material involved.
John C. McLoughlin