Category Archives: Philosophy

All YOUR Yesterdays


Not that long ago, Memo Koseman, John Conway, and Darren Naish published a book titled “All Yesterdays,” a volume that encapsulated a philosophy of flexibility in reconstruction of ancient life, and a short perspective on the problems facing modern reconstruction … Continue reading

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Not Another One…


Seriously, you get into a blogging funk and get all busy at home life and someone comes along to publish a new oviraptorid from Southern China … as if there weren’t enough of those already to deal with. And as … Continue reading

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“Toroceratops” Matters, as an Open Discussion


So there’s this debate, which I may have discussed — more than once, twice, or thrice — before, in which it is argued that the taxa Triceratops and Torosaurus represent young adult and old adult representatives of the same species. … Continue reading

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You’ve Got to Be Kidding Me


Dr. Alan Feduccia is struggling for relevance. One might say this about much of his career, from his first big book on birds (1980’s The Age of Birds), to his repeat performances (The Origin and Evolution of Birds, 1996’s first … Continue reading

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Happenings


Work eludes me; pneumonia plagues me; and the troubles of family follow. I sit here working out the possible implications of laying out much of my work that I want to do with oviraptorids, setting out possible muscle masses, moments, … Continue reading

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Where I Question Commitment to Value of Open Access Everything


It is OA Week, so while this post would normally fall into the Thursday slot for my ‘regular” posting, I am putting it up now as my post for the remainder of the week.

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Whose By-Line?


Recently, Mike Taylor recalled the issue of the effectiveness (or rather, ineffectiveness) of peer review and the standard publishing system (here, here and here are the most recent entries), and this included a small discussion on the form and necessity … Continue reading

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The Genus Question — Impact of New Archosaurian Binomina


So, what exactly would happen if — as I suggested both here and mentioned in the comments here — we went down that slippery slope, and distinguished all species as their own unique, equivalent taxa? How many new “genus”-like names … Continue reading

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“You Keep Using That Word”


Behold another rant on nomenclature, posted on the Dinosaur Mailing List recently. I am slightly modifying it for consumption here.

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Something Is Wrong Here


Eugene Gaffney, turtle expert from the American Museum of Natural History & David Krause, mammal expert from the Department of Anatomical Sciences at Stony Brook University, both in New York State, US, have recently described  a new fossil pelomedusoid turtle … Continue reading

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