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Re: Specimen availibility



Chris,
     I would like to say that your post below shows a lot of class, and, in my
view, a very mature approach to the "art" of discussion.  You stick to what you
believe to be correct, weigh the facts, and do not parrot others tired claims.
Thanks,
Jerry

chris brochu wrote:

> >    Moreover, described material which cannot be studied further is a
> >potential source of genuine problems.  A good example may be Sue.  We have
> >all heard Peter Larson's claim that Sue can be sexed using the first hemal
> >arch, that she shows signs of having been mauled by another tyrannosaur,
> >etc...Larson's claims are in the literature, and they have been cited.  Now
> >Chris Brochu, after examining the same material, is publishing claims that
> >at least some of this is incorrect.  If so, then discussions in the
> >literature based on Larson's claims have been downright misleading.
>
> Most of Peter Larson's claims (in my view) are incorrect.  But let's be
> fair here.  He didn't just make his claims up - he had legitimate reasons
> for each and every one of them.  They weren't just "misleading."  I
> disagree with him on several points, but I do not for a minute think he was
> inventing observations; I would only go so far as to claim he was
> misinterpreting some features - an accusation many have levelled against me.
>
> chris
>
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