Re: A LESSON IN THROWING THE BULL
27 Jul 1996 11:54:16 -0600
In article <email@example.com>, Ed Conrad <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>The latest edition of ``Nature," the so-called respected journal,
You don't build tremendous credability for your subsequent rants by
attacking the most respected, peer reviewed scientific journal in the
world in your opening swipe. Bad tactics.
>The article describes the discovery in Turkey of ``a fossil ape face"
>by a team of anthropologists and researchers who call it
>ankarapithecus meteai, a 60-pound, fruit-eating ape.
>Without any basis in fact, they refer to it as ``a cousin" of man
"Cousin" is sufficiently vague a term that any taxonomist could
comfortably refer to any large primate as a "cousin" (or, if lemuroid,
perhaps "a distant cousin") to humankind. What's your beef, exactly?
>The article even quoted bullshit artist David Pilbeam of Harvard
>University as saying, ``There are so few specimens that are as
>complete as this," adding that the discovery makes ``a significant
>increment in our knowledge."
Which of his statements do you disagree with?