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Re: Feduccia et al: No Evidence Fossil Feathers Are Really Feathers

On Mon, 10 Oct 2005 19:33:01 -0700 (PDT) Jay <sappororaptor@yahoo.com>
> --- Tim Williams <twilliams_alpha@hotmail.com> wrote:
> > 
> > And somebody has just GOT TO explain to Feduccia the distinction 
> between 
> > "ancestor" and "sister taxon".

That is the job of Alan's reviewers and his journal editor.  So, what is
THEIR excuse?

> > I think even the most hard-headed 
> > paleontologist recognizes that an ancestor cannot give rise to a 
> descendent 
> > that lived 25 million years earlier.

> It's obvious that Feduccia knows that.

But why bother publishing such a deception in the first place?  Alan is a
true puzzle.  Time is against him.  His tactic (if it is indeed a tactic)
is akin to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.  In the long run,
the energy expended in the exercise won't matter.

Either Alan is adept at avoiding peer reviewed venues for his pubs, or he
gets "soft pitch" reviews from his cronies and free passes from spineless

In contrast, if a first-time author straight out of grad school ever
tried to confuse the distinction between "ancestor" and "sister taxon",
he/she would be (justifiably) ripped apart by his/her reviewers.