Re AATers' tenuous grasp of facts

J. Moore (
Sat, 14 Oct 95 16:44:00 -0500

He> : >How about elephants and rhinos?
He> (as examples of hairless animals without an aquatic phase in their past)
He> : Don't rhinos have noses that can close?
He> No. They're terrestrial browsers adapted (by nose and tongue
He> specializations) to eating the edible parts of acacia bushes while
He> avoiding the thorns.
He> Harry Erwin

An interesting (bizarre, actually) example of an AAT proponent's
non-grasp of fact is Marc Verhaegen's insistence that rhinos are
"predominately aquatic". After Morgan, Verhaegen is the most
prolific writer on the AAT -- he publishes in journals (*Human
Evolution*, *Medical Hypotheses*) rather than books (something,
incidentally, which Morgan has stated isn't possible), but he
has as little, or perhaps even less, grasp of facts.

Jim Moore (

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