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Re: FW: The way TV documentaries work

well, actually, it isn't quite as portrayed. A good talking head paraphrases 
the question as a comment ("Tyrannosaurus was a carnivore because...."). Simple 
"yes" or "no" is a poor dialog. To reword what Naish started:

Mackpah: Ok, we're looking here at the ichthyosaurs, a
group of aquatic reptiles that inhabited the seas of the
Mesozoic. Mike, this structure within the orbit looks to me
like a sclerotic ring.

Lamtrill [re-write]:The objects in the eye socket are called sclerotic rings. 
These are bone plates that were actually in eyeball. Many birds and lizards 
today have those and they help change the shape of the eyball so that the 
animals can focus.....
[shot of Mackpah nodding sagely, holding chin]

Kenneth Carpenter, Ph.D.
Curator of Lower Vertebrate Paleontology &
Chief Preparator
Dept. of Earth Sciences
Denver Museum of Natural History 
2001 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205

Phone: (303)370-6392
Fax: (303)331-6492
email: KCarpenter@DMNS.org

For fun:

>>> <m.moser@lrz.uni-muenchen.de> 17/Nov/03 >>>
What do we learn from it?
In an interview NEVER say "no" and NEVER say "yes". You don't know to
which correct statement you have disagreed and which stupidness you have
blessed with scientific authority.
They can make you look like a brilliant investigator or like a moron
playing with his dusty bones and you don't know until broadcasting

Dr. Markus Moser
Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart
Rosenstein 1
D-70191 Stuttgart
Bayerische Staatssammlung fuer
Palaeontologie und Geologie
Richard-Wagner-Str. 10
D-80333 Muenchen