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Re: New Feduccia Book



I love the word 'expose' in that press release. Like it's all a big
conspiracy, and we're all secretly skewing the fossil record (somehow)
to suggest birds are dinosaurs in order to satisfy the whims of our
shady cooperate paymasters.

On 5 October 2011 19:35, Heinrich Mallison
<heinrich.mallison@googlemail.com> wrote:
> "Examining and interpreting recent spectacular fossil discoveries in China, p=
> aleontologists have arrived at a prevailing view: there is now incontroverti=
> ble evidence that birds represent the last living dinosaur. But is this conc=
> lusion beyond dispute? In this book, evolutionary biologist Alan Feduccia pr=
> ovides the most comprehensive discussion yet of the avian and associated evi=
> dence found in China, then exposes the massive, unfounded speculation that h=
> as accompanied these discoveries and been published in the pages of prestigi=
> ous scientific journals."
>
> OK, let's put that into perspective:
> Feduccia has a habit of ignoring arguments, standing his own arguments
> on their collective heads (dromaeosaurids are dinosaurs, bird are not
> --> dromaeosaurids are bird, but not dinosaurs). So how do we
> translate the blurb?
>
> "massive, unfounded speculation" means "tons of hard, fossil evidence"
>
> 'nuff said. It is a disgrace that a respectable publisher gives him
> such an opportunity to spread his creationist-style arguments.
>
> Heinrich Mallison
>
> On Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 6:48 PM, Ian Paulsen <birdbooker@zipcon.net> wrote:
>> HI ALL:
>>  It's due out on 20 January 2012.
>>
>> sincerely
>> --
>>
>> Ian Paulsen
>> Bainbridge Island, WA, USA
>> Visit my BIRDBOOKER REPORT blog here:
>> http://birdbookerreport.blogspot.com/
>>
>