Re: Ed's Suspect Fossils
Ed Conrad (email@example.com)
26 Nov 1996 12:28:22 GMT
"S. McLain" <JSMCLfirstname.lastname@example.org> wrote
to sci.bio.paleontology (about Ed Conrad's claim that he has
discovered human bones in Carboniferous strata):
> Would anybody in academia have anything to lose if this were true?
The answer, obviously, is YES.
For starters, all-expenses-paid jet flights to Africa and Asia, etc.,
would abruptly come to an end for the Father Figures of Anthropology
because it would then be quite obvious that anything they discover
wouldn't add up to a hill of beans.
``Experts" like Donald Johnason, Richard Leakey, Tim White, Alan
Walker and so many others who, for years, have been well aware they've
been barking up the wrong tree in their ``search" for misleading,
erroneous evidence about man's antiquity and origin will drop -- with
a thud -- from Cloud Nine.
Once back on earth, they'll soon realize they have to develop a taste
for crow, since they'll soon find they're forced to eat it at almost
Poor Lucy -- wherever she/he/it is right now -- will be wrapped in
yesterday's newspaper, dumped in a wooden box and hauled to the
basement, to be stored on some museum's dusty shelf.
The Father Figures' book sales will plummet and their invitations for
TV and talk-show appearances as well as magazine articles will
Meanwhile, their unlisted home phone numbers will be hastily removed
from the National Geographic editor's telephone file, and the New
YorkTimes will begin running a litany of corrections about errors that
had appeared in the many articles it had published about the
significance of their ``discoveries" in the past.
Carl Sagan's long-scheduled appearance on Nightline will be abruptly
canceled and, in his place, Ted Koppel will relish the opportunity to
interview Ed Conrad and show his millions of viewers some of his
Larry King also will have Ed as a special guest, rather courageously
making a decision to relegate President Clinton's first joint
talk-show appearance with Boris Yeltsin to the last half-hour.