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From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of
Sent: Sunday, June 24, 2001 2:42 AM
Subject: Re: raptor
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.
What needs to be done is somehow have a scientific orginazation that will
correct these so called consultants and that the media could go to.
- Re: raptor
- From: "Ken Kinman" <firstname.lastname@example.org>