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Re: Feduccia: the same old story...
Ken Carpenter wrote: "Regarding Fedducia and others, I will defend his
right to be wrong (to
paraphrase Voltaire). So let him have his say."
Hmm...I would also defend his right to be wrong, but I don't think I
can defend his right to get a few things in this most recent paper
through peer review.
It's not ok to address old arguements (e.g. homeotic frameshift of
manual development) and ignore new data that corroborates it. It's
certainly not ok to quote mine and make it look like an author is
saying the opposite of what he intended, as they did to GP.
I'm also not sure it's kosher to make grandiose claims like "... while
paleontologists employing cladistic methodology use a list of a hundred
or more characters that link birds and theropods, most are simple
binary designations, one step removed from the organisms. The vast
majority are plesiomorphic, not qualifying as Hennigian
synapomorphies..." without, you know, some real discussion of that
methodology and some support for the diea that hey are all
Not to say that there should be formal censorship of particular
veiwpoints, but I don't think we need to lower standards just to let
certain view points in, which I feel has happened with Fedducia's last
paper or two on the subject.
Of course, I defend Ken's right to disagree with me on this point... ;)
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Subject: RE: Feduccia: the same old story...
Regarding Fedducia and others, I will defend his right to be wrong (to
paraphrase Voltaire). So let him have his say.
Kenneth Carpenter, Ph.D.
Curator of Lower Vertebrate Paleontology/
Department of Earth Sciences
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205
for PDFs of some of my publications, as well as information of the
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Subject: Re: Feduccia: the same old story...
Why is it that Feduccia's story keeps repeating itself?
Because his knowledge of dinosaurs doesn't increase. It stays where it
so the story stays where it is. I don't think there's any tactics
that (apart from fooling himself a bit... or two).
Until Feduccia et al get down to basics and finally read, analyze
and counter ALL the arguments and papers that are out there
He doesn't know most of these. And he doesn't _want_ to know any of
He is not interested in dinosaurs -- just like most or all of us
aren't interested in... in procolophonids, or in Miocene lizards, or in
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