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Re: GSP statement on use of my dinosaur restorations (follow up)
On the one hand, I think Paul is absolutely right to want to get paid
for his work. I remember seeing a supposed skeletal reconstruction
of Krzyzanowskisaurus that was just Paul's Lesothosaurus, and it was
even copyrighted to the paper's author!
Yeah. Frankly, I think this case should be considered part of Aëtogate.
I wonder how it got through... peer... oh. NMMNHS Bulletin.
On the other hand, I think Paul goes too far in his
expectations/demands. In particular, this applies to his apparent
desire to exclusively use the "classic left foot pushing off in a
high velocity posture" which he popularized in PDW and other works.
This strikes me as a case like Sony wanting to copyright the term
"walkman" which had originally been a brand name but has long been used
for any such device regardless of who produced it. Sony lost; the
verdict said they should have foreseen this and come up with a term for
this kind of apparatus before "walkman" spread.
Yet there are aspects to Paul's reconstruction style which I don't
like. He [...] adds cartilaginous sterna and such
Not just sterna. You know the intersternum of *Iguanodon*, that
irregularly shaped small bone that sometimes appeared in the
diamond-shaped hole between the sterna and the coracoids (and indicates
that these five bones lay in a continuous cartilaginous plate)? That's
what he extrapolates to all dinosaurs, as a huge triangular cartilage
plate -- after ripping their coracoids apart and hanging the furcula in
the empty space between them. This increases his estimates of trunk
volume and thus of mass; makes quite a difference for *Tyrannosaurus*