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Re: Alvarezsaur spurs (was Re: dino-lice)



2011/4/29 Tim Williams <tijawi@gmail.com>:
> On Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 6:26 PM, Augusto Haro <augustoharo@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Given that science seems to mostly advance by rejecting hypotheses
>> (according to Popper and his followers at least), perhaps better than
>> saying what alvarezsaurids did is to say what, given evidence, was
>> physically possible for they to do (not trying to lecture anyone! -
>> except perhaps myself). Then we would act by discarding possibilities
>
> For _Mononykus_, this was the precise purpose of Senter's 2005 study:
>
> Senter, P. (2005) Function in the stunted forelimbs of _Mononykus
> olecranus_ (Theropoda), a dinosaurian anteater.  Paleobiology 31:
> 373–381.

Sorry, I did not attempt to put in doubt that Senter did that. I was
talking just about we in the list, or perhaps just myself (as it is
commonly say that in many cases, the errors we find in others can just
represent our own errors).