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ECHINODON & BBC HORIZON
Re: the granicones traditionally referred to the heterodontosaur
_Echinodon_, Tim wrote...
> Gila Monsters in Early Cretaceous England, huh?
Well, hold on everyone, this is not the end of the story. The
helodermatid ID is in doubt - I can say no more at this time. Sorry:
standard Holtz response (SHR from hereon) 'Wait for the paper'.
And, as expected (and as most of you will have heard on vrtpaleo), the
BBC effort was less than excellent (to put it politely). Funny that
Czerkas wasn't interviewed, no mention of the name _Microraptor_,
no mention of any of the abundant evidence for the dinosaurian nature
of birds, and the continual implication that _Archaeoraptor_ 'fooled
the world', or 'fooled the palaeontologists'. Some of you may recall the
moment at SVP Denver when that famous issue of Nat. Geo. arrived -
within a few minutes all experienced observers were saying that the
specimen was a composite. In fact I mentioned this to Czerkas at the
meeting (he disagreed).
To their credit though, the BBC did end the programme by saying that
the dinosaur-bird link was quite firm, and they only featured brief
interview snippets with Larry Martin (he repeated his favourite, oft-
used old chesnut 'It's like saying that we're related because my big toe
looks a bit like your nose'. Whatever). Martin also said that all bird
workers agreed with him that birds could not be descended from
dinosaurs. Oh really? Silly me, I must stop reading the technical
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