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Re: Feduccia (mis)quotes me and mentions the DML in his new book

On Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 2:59 PM, David Orr <chasmosaurs@gmail.com> wrote:
> Since it's the most important thing people can learn from dinosaurs
> (IMHO), I'll occasionally use similar language. I take a lot for
> granted, but when I talk to people about my silly little interest, and
> the bird-dinosaur link, I have that bubble popped. I was talking to
> another student recently about a project I'm doing on the fossil
> record of feathers, and when I talked about the fossil evidence for
> birds rising from theropods, she said "oh yeah, like pterodactyls."
> People who don't pay much attention to paleontology think all kinds of
> crazy things that go against what I think of as common knowledge (and
> tire of rehashing on the blog).

I try and keep a mental list of animals I've heard refered to as
"dinosaurs" in apparent seriousness. It ranges from the expected (eg.
plesiosaurs, _Dimetrodon_) to the baffling (eg. mammoths, living

Andreas Johansson

Why can't you be a non-conformist just like everybody else?