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Re: What has inspired your research?
"Fill-in-the-blanks" science encourages one to see and think
linearly, which more often than not, produces results that are often
unremarkable, often redundant, and sometimes even useless to science.
It does, however, occur that the text on one side of the blank suggests
something completely different than what the other side of the blank
suggests. When this happens, the entire text has to be rethought, and
this can trigger major discoveries.
(As well as minor ones, such as my reinterpretation of the homology of
the bones of the skull roof of the lysorophian "lepospondyls", published
as part of a paper on phylogenetics and the origin of lissamphibians in