Tag Archives: Archaeopteryx

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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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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Feather Genes Surprisingly Early – But Misinterpreted

An interesting paper… Feather development genes and associated regulatory innovation predate the origin of Dinosauria by Craig B. Lowe, Julia A. Clarke, Allan J. Baker, David Haussler, Scott V. Edwards. MBE Advance Access published November 18, 2014 Society for Molecular … Continue reading

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Comments on Hone on birds and dinosaurs in the Guardian

In a recent contribution to The Guardian: Birds and dinosaurs – one of the great fossil connections, David Hone (ghod – he’s actually got a regular spot there :-S), made his usual pretence at being a scientist. I didn’t hear … Continue reading

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Dyke et al. 2013 Put Microraptor In The Windtunnel… Badly

Dyke et al. have put a Microraptor into the wind tunnel: http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2013/130918/ncomms3489/full/ncomms3489.html Nothing good could come of this, one immediately suspects, but let’s suspend our cynicism for a moment. In some ways I’m pleased, since some don’t think Microraptor flew … Continue reading

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New Scientist Still Selling You Naive Science

Recently, New Scientist published a feature on evolution: “Find The Gaps – The Hunt For Evolution’s Missing Links” by one of their longstanding favourites, the biologically unqualified Jeff Hecht. It tried to sum up the evolutionary trail by highlighting moments … Continue reading

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