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Re: Caudipteryx suffered from osteoarthritis
Rothschild is a respected osteo-pathologist and expert on diseases.
So it's not so much that _it_ got through review, as much as certain
comments made in the paper (I've not read it, so only dealing with
the remarks made so far from the summary) appear to defy the general
consensus. In which case, it's about having the critics of an idea
get their own fair shake, even if it tends to the more aggrieved or
aggravating in tone or structure, such as Olson's bellicose comments
in a review.
But... this is about science. Claims -- all claims, any claims -- must
come with an assessment of the evidence, or they're a waste of dead
trees. It's the unpaid job of reviewers to catch cases where the authors
forgot to do that, and it's the unpaid job of authors to avoid such
cases in the first place.
The authors have a theory, which has been in print since at least
2002 in Sylvia Czerkas' edited "journal" _Dinosaur Museum Journal_
(vol. 1 and none more so far forthcoming), that "birdy dinosaurs"
are, in fact, birds, but not dinosaurs, a controversial view leveled
in Czerkas & Xu (2002) -- in said "journal;" a theory Xu Xing does
not agree with -- where *Archaeovolans repatriatus* (formerly the
avian half of the faked "Archaeoraptor" specimen, which had been also
referred to *Yanornis yandica* and was actually commented upon by the
author(s)) is assessed in regards to the avian dromaeosaurids,
troodontids, and probably oviraptorosaurs.
Just for the record, this is one sentence.
Also, there is no *Yanornis yandica*. *yandica* is an alleged species of
the alleged *Cathayornis*.