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Re: Jack Horner wants dinosaur Uniform Frame of Reference

Hmm.  Well, when we see that this UFR actually consists of, we can
talk about whether it's going to help.  But without any details -- and
there are none in the article -- it's hard to read this piece as
anything other than "Horner is more of a lumper than most other
dinosaur workers and wants other people to lump more, too".

Then there's this quote at the very end:

“The proposals by Horner are very important as a reminder of a problem
paleontologists are aware of,” [Mike] Benton says, “but we still don’t know
if it will provide a 100% watertight solution that means we will never
make mistakes about dinosaur species ever again.”

Oh, I think we do know.  It will NOT provide a 100% watertight
solution.  Of course it won't.  Come on -- even extant species are
constantly being lumped and (more often) split.

-- Mike.

-- Mike.

On 12 May 2011 19:32, bh480@scn.org <bh480@scn.org> wrote:
> From: Ben Creisler
> bh480@scn.org
> Item in new issue of Science magazine:
> http://www.sciencemag.org/content/332/6031/782.summary
> Is It Time to Declutter the Dinosaur Roster?
> Science 13 May 2011:
> Vol. 332 no. 6031 p. 782
> DOI: 10.1126/science.332.6031.782
> With almost 1000 types of dinosaurs on record and a new species being named
> somewhere in the world every 2 weeks, paleontologist Jack Horner thinks too
> many supposedly new discoveries are actually duplicates of animals already
> on the books. Horner wants to set the record straight using a rigorous set
> of procedures for studying dinosaur fossils that he calls the Unified Frame
> of Reference (UFR). If implemented worldwide, he says, UFR will eliminate
> at least 50 dinosaur species in a few years by revealing that those animals
> were actually other known dinosaurs at different stages of growth. Other
> researchers who have studied the "alias problem" share his concern.
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