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Re: Australian dinosaur "stampede": identity of large track-maker

I can't believe this (finally) made it through peer-review. Judging by the 
abstract, it sounds more 
like an ad hominem attack than actual science.

It was withdrawn from publication in Cretaceous Research in 2011:

On Wed, Jan 30th, 2013 at 8:02 AM, Ben Creisler <bcreisler@gmail.com> wrote:

> From: Ben Creisler
> bcreisler@gmail.com
> Following the recent paper disputing evidence for a "stampede" at the
> Australian Lark Quarry site, another paper about the identity of
> biggest track-maker:
> Richard A. Thulborn (2013)
> Lark Quarry revisited: a critique of methods used to identify a large
> dinosaurian track-maker in the Winton Formation (Albian?Cenomanian),
> western Queensland, Australia.
> Alcheringa (advance online publication)
> DOI:10.1080/03115518.2013.748482
> http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03115518.2013.748482
> A remarkable assemblage of dinosaur tracks in the Winton Formation
> (Albian?Cenomanian) at Lark Quarry, a site in western Queensland,
> Australia, has long been regarded as evidence of a dinosaurian
> stampede. However, one recently published study has claimed that
> existing interpretation of Lark Quarry is incorrect because the
> largest track-maker at the site was misidentified and could not have
> played a pivotal role in precipitating a stampede. That recent study
> has identified the largest track-maker as an ornithopod (bipedal
> plant-eating dinosaur) similar or identical to Muttaburrasaurus and
> not, as formerly supposed, a theropod (predaceous dinosaur) resembling
> Allosaurus. Those iconoclastic claims are examined here and are shown
> to be groundless: they are based partly on misconceptions and partly
> on fabricated data that have been assessed uncritically using
> quantitative measures of questionable significance. Such ill-founded
> claims do not reveal any substantial flaw in the existing
> interpretation of the Lark Quarry dinosaur tracks.


Dann Pigdon
Spatial Data Analyst               Australian Dinosaurs
Melbourne, Australia               http://home.alphalink.com.au/~dannj