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Re: New Mesozoic bird papers in AMNH Novitates

Stephen Pickering (StephanPickering@cs.com) wrote:

<The Kurochkin paper continues the tradition of erecting names for scrap
-- it should have been described as Anseriformes indet. cf. Presbyornis,
and remains a nomen dubium/nomen vanum. The Julia Clarke/Mark Norell paper
is, of course, a delight, predicated upon a splendid specimen and rigorous

  I won't make comments of a personal nature, but I would like Stephan to
prove to me how an avian humerus, or coracoid, or femur is not diagnostic.
If he can, I will drop this; if he cannot, I would like him to drop this.
We have heard of the opinion of scrap, which I largely agree with if its
is scrappy and almost impossible to tell what it is, but avian limb parts
have become so specialized they have developed terminologies all on their
own, as have diagnostic mammmal petrosals and avian stapes.


Jaime A. Headden

  Little steps are often the hardest to take.  We are too used to making leaps 
in the face of adversity, that a simple skip is so hard to do.  We should all 
learn to walk soft, walk small, see the world around us rather than zoom by it.

"Innocent, unbiased observation is a myth." --- P.B. Medawar (1969)

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