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Re: More about the Feduccia paper
I have been following this discussion with great interest and have just
a short comment. It is not unusual that the Feduccia et al paper is in
a publication that deals with biological issues like colonoscopy. The
editing, logic and method used to reach Feduccia's conclusions seem
similar somehow to that particular medical procedure. (ie. you have to
ignore some of the obvious stuff to go down the deep path of learning).
This obvious stuff was worth noting but just for a few seconds just
before he wiped it off the probe with a good towel. There is perhaps
a reason that the data was interpreted this way. There is no other
obvious explanation. What ever happened to peer review? oooopps that
is what we are doing isn't it?
How obvious do fossil feathers have to be before the opposing forces
(to obvious observation for what ever reason) give up the exercise?
Heck, they could also be explained as a lot of Rusophycus pedicum
tracks next to a stick way up in the mesozoic. (Paleozoic Trilobite
tracks, (Marine Benthonic) preserved in terrestrial seds in the wrong
era.) It is the same quality of reasoning.
Frank (Rooster) Bliss
On Oct 11, 2005, at 7:52 AM, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. wrote:
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf
There are times when I think the media interest in this subject is
merely so they can use the "ruffles feathers" phrase in
headlines... Now if only the basal cynodont community would have a
lot more attention: they could use "raises hackles"! ;-)
Also, good to see that HealthDay News is maintaining its fine
tradition of paleontological reportage... Wait. HealthDay News?!?
"News for Healthier Living", according to their main page. Wierd.
(Not that I'm against such reporting or such, but it just seems
strange to me that a news site organized around health has this
article in amidst their coverage of avian flu, SIDS, epilepsy, and
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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