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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Human evolution: More on the Ida? I dunno ... files

Here's David Warren on Ida, our supposed fossil ancestor:
The principal hype artist in this case -- Dr. Hurum mentioned above -- has done several similar splashes. The last one he styled "Predator X." It was mounted on the discovery in Svalbard of part of the jaw of a large and carnivorous Pliosaur that swam the oceans of the Jurassic. That, too, was nothing special: just a better-than-usual chunk of fossil evidence for an animal that was hardly new to science. But an integrated multi-media presentation of a science fiction monster, extrapolated loosely from that jaw fragment, was ready-to-air when the discovery was announced.
PS: Look how low the dying Los Angeles Times needs to reach, in order to malign results-driven schools.


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