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RE: Feduccia (mis)quotes me and mentions the DML in his new book
> Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2012 15:09:34 +0100
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> Subject: Re: Feduccia (mis)quotes me and mentions the DML in his new book
> On Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 2:59 PM, David Orr <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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,
We can probably blame one of two things for that:
a) "both are extinct." (by extension, a misunderstanding of Deep Time)
b) movies and tv shows with dinosaurs and mammoths walking around together.
That one's probably because of the nature documentaries talking about
crocodilians surviving unchanged since the Mesozoic & being dinosaur cousins.