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At 04:07 PM 5/20/1998 -0400, Jeff Hecht <jhecht@world.std.com> wrote,
regarding NATURAL HISTORY's paleogaffe:

JH--->  This may have been the work of a "fact checker," 
JH--->  an underpaid peon assigned to check every quote and the 
JH--->  spelling of every odd word in an article, 
JH--->  but who may know nothing about the subject. 

Very true!  I observed in a prior posting that 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.  

My 12-year-old daughter caught this one, but she's no editor.

John C. McLoughlin