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Re: dracrorex and National Geographic
The article is an essay musing on dinosaurs by a famous 75 yr old
novelist, John Updike (b. 1932).
I don't think it is intended as a scientific piece, and I'm sure
Updike wrote it before the SVP meetings.
On Nov 27, 2007, at 7:14 AM, Jerry D. Harris wrote:
I just saw this month's National Geographic magazine. Isn't it a tad
embarrassing to see "Dracorex hogswartsia" on the cover, and in the
when "Dracorex" was recently outed (along with "Stygiomoloch") as
of Pachycephalosaurus (Horner et al, SVP2007): not even mentioned in the
article. I find it pretty surprising that National Geographic would
behind the times like this.
Since it's not a news magazine and therefore isn't really
expected to update itself merely days before hitting print, I suspect
that _NGM_ gets its articles lined up for future issues several
months in advance. Thus, I suspect that the "Bizarre Dinosaurs"
article was written and laid out before SVP came around. I know for
certain that at least one NG person was at the meeting, but I don't
know that said person had any power to change the article after the
meeting (if indeed said person saw Horner's talk -- I myself missed
it). Maybe the talk wasn't reported. Maybe it was, but the editors
said "Too late to change it." Maybe the editors said "We could
change it, but that's the kind of thing that would require some
discussion and we don't have room for that." Who knows? I agree it
would have been nice to have the newest, most up-to-date info in the
article, but given the nature of the magazine, I'm not positive that
was feasible...just a happenstance of poor timing -- if SVP had been
a few months earlier, or the _NGM_ article a few months later, I bet
the change would have been in there.