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Re: really big question
Dear Jaime and List,
An extraordinary amount of information has been compiled by list members
to discredit my theory on Pelecanimimis durmal covering. ( or the lack there
of ) I greatly appreciate everyone's input on this. However, I am sticking
to my guns. I believe I am right, and that based on The simplest answer
probably being the correct one, that Pelicanimimis was as naked as a
jaybird, or at least a plucked jaybird.
If another ostrich dinosaur fossil comes foreward plumed to the nines,
I will be more than happy to admit that my opinion is wrong. I will even buy
dinner for all of my frothy detractors at SVP. ( Whichever SVP it happens
to be. )
Intil then have a wonderful weekend.
Going to the State Fair Cliff
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jaime A. Headden" <email@example.com>
Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2004 3:38 AM
Subject: Re: really big question
> I would like to point out another difficulty with applying Occam's Razor
> to Las Hoyas preservation. While it stands to reason that birds are
> feathered, there is one WELL preserved, and well-articulated bird that
> lacks any trace of integument, impressionary or otherwise:
> *Iberomesornis.* If all fossils are equal, it stands to reason this should
> as well, and represent the natural condition, as has been stated, as well
> as for *Pelecanimimus.* Evidence bears out that this is not the case, but
> that preservational artifacts are NOT universal in the same beds, but are
> happenstance, with some assumptions that can be tested. The testing shows
> that not all specimens preserve integument, not due to absence of
> integument, but to preservational artifact or bias. Thus, all things are
> NOT equal in preservation, and Occam's Razor doesn't apply.
> 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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