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Re: Out of date dino books
Concerning "The Dinosauria" - KEEP IT! It is in need of updates, but it has
some really valuable information (e.g. the definition of a dinosaur - in
detail; functional information about Cladistics; etc.)
I like the "Dinosaur Data Book" - some specifics are out-of-date, but
discussions and drawings of: digging, and preparation of fossils, land mass
changes; are very good.
As to the other books, and any others that might be inaccurate, you
might wish to put them aside, with a notation that several specifics and
even some general theories are out-of-date, and that the books should be
read as historical documents, rather than sources of modern information.
From: Philidor11@aol.com <Philidor11@aol.com>
To: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Date: Friday, November 27, 1998 10:44 PM
Subject: Re: Out of date dino books
>In a message dated 11/27/98 7:54:35 PM Eastern Standard Time,
><< I don't think it's a good idea to throw away any out of date dino books
> since nothing is lost if their info is wrong. >>
>Hyperbole, I assume.
>If I read a book which I believe to be factual and the 'facts' have been
>superceded then I have been misled, unintentionally.
>When I read another book with more accurate information I may have cause to
>think about the contradictions, but on what basis can I decide between
>Old books sometimes have better interpretations than newer ones (as Bakker
>enjoys pointing out in his books), but knowledge, training, and expertise
>necessary to discerning better from worse. I don't believe you can argue
>'Confusion is good' and leave it at that.