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Re: Caudipteryx suffered from osteoarthritis
It is not the reviewers' job to actually perform science for the
It is their -- unpaid -- job to make sure the science has either been
performed or the manuscript is rejected.
, or be the one's to make sure the authors are performing science
when commenting on a philosophical nature about which of of what I
called "the golden line" a taxon is on. Whether the authors call
*Caudipteryx zoui* a bird is not, I think, up to scientific purview,
Like Matt Martyniuk, you're misunderstanding this issue. Their concept
of "bird" includes "not a dinosaur, and not descended from a dinosaur".
_That_ is _not_ a purely nomenclatural issue, it's a phylogenetic and
thus scientific one.
BTW, I've never heard of penguins being considered "fish". Of course,
they still look like birds, what with their beaks, feathers, theropod
feet, lack of tail fin and all.
As for sentence length, I've seen longer. Some literature blokes seem
to enjoy trying to outdo one another in forming incredibly long
sentences. This one just turned out that way because I was using
perentheses and long dashes to break the sentence up.
Not all sentences of such length are difficult to understand. But most
are, and that one was. Stop trying to defend your lack of editing.
Really. The first thing my thesis supervisor told me when I started
writing scientific papers was, paraphrasing: "You _will_ be
misunderstood -- by someone, somewhere, sometime --, so it's _your_
responsibility to minimize the number of opportunities for