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Re: As the kids say, *facepalm*... [Scanned]



Except that the  "sabre toothed lemur" story was an April Fool's joke ;)

Matt

On Tue, Apr 3, 2012 at 8:45 AM, darkin <christian@darkin.demon.co.uk> wrote:
> hi
> but I think this is really about the need for scientists to understand how
> the media works.  Either the "sabre toothed lemur "story or the "first use
> of fire for cooking" story could easily have taken the place of this story
> in the popular press.  All three stories were available on the same day, and
> all three would have been as editorialy attractive to (competent) news
> organisations.
>
> So it really must come down to presentation - scientists with genuinely
> important stuff to say have something to learn from this.
>
> Christian Darkin
>
>
>
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> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Mark Wildman" <m.wildman@cuphosco.co.uk>
> To: <tholtz@umd.edu>; <dinosaur@usc.edu>; <VRTPALEO@usc.edu>
> Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2012 1:34 PM
> Subject: RE: As the kids say, *facepalm*... [Scanned]
>
>
>
>> Paul appears to have been remarkably tolerant when confronted by such a
>> notion - I am not so sure that many other people would have been. It's
>> interesting that yet another one of these pie-in-the-sky ideas has got the
>> palaeoworld ablaze again today and is right up there with the kraken story
>> of 2011. Part of me does not even want to give this guy the time of day but,
>> at the same time, this suggestion does need to be confronted publicly -  I
>> will be putting up a brief blog post later to refute this preposterous idea.
>>
>> Regards,
>> Mark
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: owner-VRTPALEO@usc.edu [mailto:owner-VRTPALEO@usc.edu] On Behalf Of
>> Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
>> Sent: 03 April 2012 13:22
>> To: dinosaur@usc.edu; VRTPALEO@usc.edu
>> Subject: As the kids say, *facepalm*... [Scanned]
>>
>>
>> http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/dinosaurs/9182551/Dinosaurs-must-have-lived-in-water-scientist-claims.html#disqus_thread
>>
>> "It's not that they could manage to cope with it, or that they swam, or
>> even that they were submerged; but that they lived in water that supported
>> their weight."
>>
>> The programme declared his theory "so revolutionary it stands the whole
>> world of palaeontology on its head."
>>
>> But Prof Ford's theory has not yet gained credence with fellow scientists,
>> with an expert from the Natural History Museum claiming a similar theory had
>> been discussed and largely dismissed up to 100 years ago.
>>
>> Dr Paul Barrett said: "Things have moved on quite a lot. I don't think we
>> will be re-writing the text books just yet."
>>
>> --Thank goodness Paul was interviewed as a reality check!
>>
>> Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
>> Email: tholtz@umd.edu Phone: 301-405-4084
>> Office: Centreville 1216
>> Senior Lecturer, Vertebrate Paleontology Dept. of Geology, University of
>> Maryland http://www.geol.umd.edu/~tholtz/
>> Fax: 301-314-9661
>>
>> Faculty Director, Science & Global Change Program, College Park Scholars
>> http://www.geol.umd.edu/sgc
>> Fax: 301-314-9843
>>
>> Mailing Address: Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
>> Department of Geology
>> Building 237, Room 1117
>> University of Maryland
>> College Park, MD 20742 USA
>>
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