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At 04:07 PM 5/20/1998 -0400, Jeff Hecht <email@example.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