Category Archives: dinosaur evolution

Ornithoscelida. Note to Matt Baron on Baron et al.

Hi Matt Baron, Nice to see your work, because it shows what happens in a divergence investigation when you exclude types that lived too long afterwards, which had accumulated numerous interfering irrelevant characters. This is something I’d advocated on forums … Continue reading

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Brussatte’s Pseudoscience in Science 2017

Brussatte continues to occupy a position supposed to be used by a scientist, and has been allowed to write yet another piece of rubbish in Science. He’s commented further on it in Phys.org. What a mess. To understand the evolution … Continue reading

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The Dinosaur Wore Bubblewrap – Duane Nash’s brilliant SIGIL idea

The most frightening dinosaur fossil I ever saw was the South American sauropod hatchling with its hairless skin. All it had was nodules … but because its ancestors were obligate bipeds, they must have been warm-blooded… and therefore presumably the … Continue reading

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On Mickey Mortimer’s Chilesaurus “Hmmm”

Dinosaurs that make you go “Hmmm”… MM has found the extreme instability of cladistic placements for something called Chilesaurus, intriguing. He seems to be thinking: if its place in the tree is so all over the place, how can you … Continue reading

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Yi qi Solved. Gee and Padian Judged.

What happens if you can’t deal with scientific novelty, but you’re paid to pretend you can… and then a big lump drops on you? At the end we’ll see what Henry Gee and Kevin Padian managed to do, without their making … Continue reading

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On Heers’ inclined plane work on evolution of birds and their flight, and further comments

Audobon posted on Heers’ work rationalising the Inclined Plane theory of the evolution of bird flight – a version of the “Ground up” theory, which is physically impossible and not surprisingly shows no signs of being recapitulated to any extent … Continue reading

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Comments on Carl Zimmer’s reporting of feather evolution

I posted Feather Genes Surprisingly Early – But Misinterpreted before reading Zimmer’s write-up of the same paper. I’ll add a minor comment on his contribution here, just as I posted a more major comment on his feather commentary of 2011. … Continue reading

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