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Re: What really happened 65 Ma ago (not a joke)
On Thu, 6 Jan 2005, Jaime A. Headden wrote:
> John Bois (email@example.com) wrote:
> <Cart before the horse: Mass extinction event occurred...best known
> mechanism is radiation...birds must have been vulnerable...therefore, all
> surviving birds must have found cover.>
> What is described here is not circular, wherein its premise would
> provide the conclusion, and vice versa. Instead, this is just a just-so
> story, an hypothesis to explain an event.
> John Bois continues to ignore the other animals in the situation and if
> this is due to lack of research then so be it, but aquatic, aerial, and
> terrestial life being wiped out as
> finally as it was in these realms cannot have such a succinct explanation
> as he has alluded to with regards to those avian groups that did die
> versus pterosaurs.
It's not so much that I ignore other extinctions, it's just that birds are
a good test for inclusive hypotheses, i.e., explanations that seek to
include every clade in an instant biotic turnover.