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Re: NGS archaeoraptor stuff
(Grumble, grumble: either I had too much coffee this morning, or I didn't
have not enough coffee):
>>This just in from NGS:
> For Immediate Release
>WASHINGTON-Based on the best scientific information available at press
>NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC reported on the Archaeoraptor fossil in the
>November issue of the magazine.
>Only after the magazine had been published did NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
>about the possibility that the fossil might be a composite. If it is
>a composite, it
>initially escaped detection by a team of scientists that included top
>experts on bird
It did *not* escape detection. However, National Geographic did publish
on this specimen prematurely.
>We immediately began an investigation into the matter and took the
>opportunity to publish a disclosure of the new information in NATIONAL
>GEOGRAPHIC magazine (March 2000). We were obviously disappointed to
>that Archaeoraptor might be a composite and are committed to getting
>bottom of the mystery of this fossil.
It is not the job of National Geographic to do this (they still haven't
learned a lesson from this fiasco).
>The magazine will report the
>findings to its
Hopefully, this will happen AFTER the scientists publish first.
>We also funded the original CT scanning work on the fossil and hope to
>published analysis in a peer-reviewed journal soon.
Good. Much better than "doin' science" in a pop-magazine.
grumble, grumble. Back to the coffee.
Disclaimer: I *like* _National Geographic_ magazine. But I think they
tend to get confused when it comes to distinguishing the process of
science from the process of journalism. (grumble, grumble).
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