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Re: Bambiraptor (comment on Brochu's comments)

In a message dated 11/21/00 10:27:23 PM EST, cbrochu@mail.fmnh.org writes:

<< When
 I state that fossils out of context are as useful as fossils that remain
 uncollected, this reflects reality - if we don't know where they come from,
 there is really little we can say, like it or not. >>

This simply cannot be correct. It is always better to have a fossil in hand, 
even if there is no detailed provenance data known for it, that it is to 
leave the fossil in the ground uncollected and thus unknown to science. At 
the very least, the simple existence of the fossil could inspire concerted 
searches for other examples, and it could also add a previously unknown 
branch to a phylogenetic tree.