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Re: Larry Martin

From: Ben Creisler

The following related news item should be of interest.


Some of the statements seem questionable, however....

"After new fossil discoveries in China during the past 15 years,
Martin pushed a theory that birds had co-existed with dinosaurs — in
contrast to the accepted theory that birds had actually evolved from

"His work caused some contention, Krishtalka said. But Feduccia said
many scientists now agree with Martin’s ideas."

On Mon, Mar 11, 2013 at 11:05 AM, Jeff Hecht <jeff@jeffhecht.com> wrote:
> Larry Martin passed away over the weekend, Kansas University reports
> http://news.ku.edu/2013/03/11/university-mourns-death-professor-larry-martin
> Larry Martin was the first person I reached after I saw a very garbled 
> account of a feathered dinosaur on a Chinese web site back in early October 
> of 1996. He speculated about it, but said he hadn't seen it and pointed me to 
> Phil Currie, whom Larry thought had seen the fossil. I called Phil, who told 
> me about the find and called it "a little feathered dinosaur" -- it was 
> Sinosauropteryx. I broke the news in New Scientist, which came out a day 
> before Phil described it as a press conference at SVP at the American Museum 
> in New York. He had a blind spot when it came to the evolution of birds from 
> dinosaurs, or perhaps he just enjoyed being a contrarian. In any case, I'm 
> sad to hear he's gone.
> Jeff Hecht, Correspondent, New Scientist
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