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Re: "Report Questions Role of Mexican Crater"
Mary Kirkaldy wrote:
Someone asked me what the official scientific reply is to the paper
by Gerta Keller, which is again in the news:
The above article gives Richard D. Norris' comments that "...the
group has incorrectly located the K-T boundary and noted it suggests
the sediments were deposited mainly in deep, quiet water."
The Wall Street Journal even picked up the story: "Extra: Asteroid
Cleared in Dinosaur's Death." Has anyone had someone come up and
say, hesitantly, "So looks like it wasn't really
the Mexican thing?" or, "I heard The Scientists don't believe that anymore?"
This is a story that I suspect will not be covered extensively by the
savvy science press because it's not real news. One reason is that
the PNAS paper by Keller on which the story is based doesn't seem to
add much to what Keller has said already elsewhere. A second is the
old line to the effect of "extraordinary claims require extraordinary
evidence". It's hard to explain why the biggest impact known in the
past half-billion years would just happen to fall at the time of one
of the biggest extinctions of that same interval if the one didn't
have something to do with the other.
If anyone wants to see the paper, it should be on-line at the PNAS
web site, or contact me off-list.
Jeff Hecht, science & technology writer
Boston Correspondent: New Scientist magazine
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