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Is the Aerosteon paper full of hot air?



Hi folks,

If you're looking for something to procrastinate with on a dreary Monday 
lunchtime, I heartily recommend checking out the latest SV-POW! posts. For a 
change, this week's articles are not long, long descriptions of bits of 
sauropod vertebrae that no-one else even knew existed, but are discussions of 
the science and ethics that accompany the recently published _Aerosteon_ paper. 
You can find part 1 here:

http://svpow.wordpress.com/2008/10/04/the-aerosteon-saga-part-1-introduction-and-background/

and it's sequel:

http://svpow.wordpress.com/2008/10/05/the-aerosteon-saga-part-2-overinflation-and-undercitation/

Recommended reading for anyone with an interest in performing and publishing 
scientific research, I reckon. 

So long,

Mark

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Mark Witton

Palaeobiology Research Group
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Portsmouth
Burnaby Building
Burnaby Road
Portsmouth
PO1 3QL

Tel: (44)2392 842418
E-mail: Mark.Witton@port.ac.uk