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RE: Dino Geek and Scum

Jeff Hecht [mailto:jeff@jeffhecht.com]wrote:
That version was edited down from what I wrote, and omits some comments that
the editors evidently decided were not needed for our audience as a whole.
The most important was the observation (by Dave Unwin) that the fossils
could contain BOTH dinosaur tissue and biofilm. On reflection, I think that
should be the working hypothesis.

I respond (tongue in cheek) as follows...
Overheard during the wee hours as a custodian and a paleontologist collide
in the hallway at a natural history museum:
"Hey!  You got scum on my _T. rex_ tissue!"
"Hey!  You got _T. rex_ tissue on my scum!" 
Please note that I understand that that this is not the explanation Dave
Unwin proposes, and that I acknowledge that the New Scientist article such
as it is differs from the article Jeff Hecht submitted for publication.   

Dino Guy Ralph
Docent at the California Academy of Sciences
Dinosaur and Fossil Education
Member of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology