And, despite all the evidence I try to cram into this blog, it’s still reviled and dismissed by several professional paleontologists. Something odd about that… Providing testable answers to long standing mysteries is evidently not to be encouraged! You would think at least a few of them would say, “Hey, that’s a different idea. Let’s run the big Kahuna through a test or two!” Instead the strange bedfellows are defended. That’s the paradigm.
I’m still hoping that someone will add some suggested taxa to their phylogenetic analyses to see if they can confirm the results of the large reptile and large pterosaur trees. So far there have been no testers.
I wish someone would go take a studied look at Cosesaurus and remap the thing again (as detailed as here or Ellenberger 1993) to see what they come up with. Same with Longisquama and Sharovipteryx. Considering their importance, it’s at least worth a try.
Or does confirming anything in the heresies come at some professional cost?
I have been vindicated by the discovery of bipedal pterosaur tracks and Kellner’s confirmation of the pteroid articulation on the radiale (Peters 2009). Nice to see.
The taxon lists keep growing in both studies. Reptiles have surpassed 340. Pterosaurs are past 220.
Google has been very good to the site and its figures.
The number of visitors and page views holds steady between 8000 and 11000 view a month. Unique visitors are a third of those numbers. More readers are subscribed now than ever before. The subject matter is a niche within a niche, so I’m happy to have the steady readers I do.
I’ve tried to keep up a steady stream of posts, one per day, seven days a week. So far, so good, keeping to that average as we’re up to some 740 posts now. There have been times when I thought I was out of subject matter, but then a fresh truckload comes in and I can do a week’s worth. Even so, the pace will undoubtedly slow down as most of the best subjects have been posted already and Witton’s new book only brought up old subjects to be repeated. Even so, it also gave me an opportunity to take a fresh look at lizard tendons.
The process of discovery is the driving force. It’s a wonderful reward to be able to see something with fresh vision and understand how it works. It’s almost as fun to disassemble bad hypotheses and show why they don’t work. Keep those cards and letters coming!
I will always wonder how certain workers have been able to promote bad ideas and how the next generation gloms onto them. I’ve only seen one scientist back down off a claim: Kevin Padian, at the sight of the Crayssac tracks admitted that certain pterosaurs were indeed quadrupeds. So, it can happen, but it takes a landslide.
Thank you for your thoughts and thank you for your loyal readership whether you’re interested in what I have to write or whether you’re just waiting for me to slip up so you can reprimand me.
It’s been an interesting and rewarding two years.
I’ll see some of you at SVP in L.A toward the end of October. My abstract will be a poster.