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Re: Pigment Or Bacteria? The Idea Of 'Color' In Fossil Feathers Gets A Rethink


Your comments are gratuitous, sexist, and hurtful. They have no place
on this list. Appearance does not, and should not, factor into the
discussion of the paper's merits, and saying Caitlin's measured reply
is a "feminist rant" is completely wrong and uncalled for. When
someone is telling you that you're being offensive, stop and listen
before mansplaining back.

- Brian

On Thu, Mar 6, 2014 at 8:58 PM, Ruben <ruben@mrbrklyn.com> wrote:
> On 03/06/2014 10:49 PM, Ruben wrote:
>> On 03/06/2014 08:43 AM, Paul H. wrote:
>>> Pigment Or Bacteria? The Idea Of 'Color' In Fossil
>>> Feathers Gets A Rethink, Science 2.0, March 6, 2014
>>> http://www.science20.com/news_articles/pigment_or_bacteria_idea_color_fossil_feathers_gets_rethink-131025
>>> Pigment or Bacteria? Researchers Re-examine the
>>> Idea of 'Color' in Fossil Feathers by Tracey Peake
>>> North Carolina State University News Services
>>> http://news.ncsu.edu/releases/tp-feathercolor/
>>> The paper is:
>>> Moyer, A. E., W. Zheng,    E. A. Johnson, M. C.
>>> Lamanna, D.-q. Li, K. J. Lacovara, and M. H.
>>> Schweitzer, 2014, Melanosomes or Microbes:
>>> Testing an Alternative Hypothesis for the Origin
>>> Scientific Reports. no. 4, Article no. 4233
>>> doi:10.1038/srep04233
>>> http://www.nature.com/srep/2014/140228/srep04233/full/srep04233.html
>>> Yours,
>>> Paul H.
>> not good science.  This paper is based on an experiment with chicken
>> feathers to show that such microscopic structures can be made by growing
>> bacteria on chicken feathers.  So what.  Now bury it in a wet anaerobic
>> sediment  for a 100 million years and see then see if you get these
>> structures as well as that they form such elegant patterns over the body of
>> the animal, emulating a very naturalistic design and rational topography
>> along the flight feathers and such...
>> The approach, IMO, just doesn't fly.
> She is cute though and will one day do a great job on a discovery channel
> docudrama.

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