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If their consultants told them to treat raptor as a proper noun, they
had better seek better consultants. Same goes for hyphenating scientific
names. Or possibly they sort of shopped around until they found a
consultant who gave them the answers they liked---who knows?
The bottom line is that popular media must make a profit, and
sensationalism and shortcuts often seem to take precedence over scientific
accuracy. At least that has been my experience, but I am rather cynical.
There are obviously exceptions, but they seem to be just that and not the
rule. And I certainly would not have used the phrase "in your backyard",
because it can obviously result in a lot of misinterpretation and confusion.
But the quality of their work, or lack thereof seemed most noticeable (in
what little of it I saw) in describing Tyrannosaurus' paleoenvironment as
"Where there were lots of prey." Give me a break.
From: Dinosaur Interplanetary Gazette <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: raptor
Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2001 20:02:03 -0400
An interesting response...
Discovery Channel spells it "Raptor" and claims that their paleo
approve of that.
This seems to me something like the prevalence of "T-rex" in book titles
because publishers claim that it's easier to read that "T. rex"
Ken Kinman wrote:
> I would definitely not spell raptor with a capital "R" in the
> sentence as though it was a formal taxon. Even avian raptors would form
> polyphyletic taxon, since the owls are not closely related to (i.e., in
> exclusive clade with) hawks or other raptors.--
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- RE: raptor
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