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Re: Lizards with deltopectoral crests?

David Peters (davidrpeters@earthlink.net) wrote:
<That pterosaurs and Longisquama are prolacertiforms is established
orthodoxy in this house. Elsewhere, I haven't taken a poll.>

  Technically its not an orthodoxy then by anyone's standards. But I
thought one had to doubt the results, and test them, not beleive in them,
as per the scientific method, in order to refine the theory? This sounds
like choosing only to support a conclusion.
<Oh, and by the way, the planets circle the sun in eliptical orbits,
rather than the orthodox way -- around the earth with epicycles.>

  This is actually orthodox, as all textbooks that I've seen say this.
Most planetary orbits are much more circular than ovate ellipses as
orthodoxy would have you beleive, and only one stellar solar body that is
not a comet or asteroid has a near-perfect circular orbit, the so-called
"tenth" planet, whereas no planet has a grossly ovate orbit.


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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