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Re: Ceratopsid controversy

Stephan Pickering (stefanpickering2002@yahoo.com) wrote:

<Dawn Adams, 1989. Structure and function in the ceratopsian forelimb.
Ph.D. dissertation, Univ. California Berkeley, 1-379.

Others have investigated the subject -- unfortunately, without giving Dawn
the credit she richly deserves. Her dissertation is available at
University Microfilms International.>

  This would only be true if she actually published. Paul's work on
galloping was based on mechanical methods he and Per Christiansen did on
their own, independant. Just becauyse there is an earlier dissertation
(unpublished, I might add, and requiring dozens of institution contacts
which at the time, UMI did not offer this service online) does not mean
other people will know about it. Adams will get credit if her work is
used, and if it is pertinent, not out of date, etc. Be careful which star
you hang your hopes on. Science is about _data_, not people, and certainly
not about _belief_.


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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