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Re: Lessem's Lessons
--- Dino Guy Ralph <email@example.com>
> The April issue of "Highlights," features "Dino" Don
> Lessem's answers to two
> questions from readers. One concerns the reptilian
> status of dinosaurs.
> Dino Don comes out on the side of the debate which
> asserts that no,
> dinosaurs are not reptiles, but are a separate group
> of animals. (I would
> disagree with this position).
I can't say that I'm surprised. I've found much of
what he says, requiring more than a grain of salt.
I remember reading "Dino Don's" take on dinosaurian
intelligence. He compared _Troodon_ to an ostrich, and
stated something along the lines of:
"Ostriches aren't very intelligent birds, but they're
smarter than any reptile."
After that, I wrote Lessem off as just another hack.
"I am impressed by the fact that we know less about many modern [reptile] types
than we do of many fossil groups." - Alfred S. Romer
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