Wikipedia ignoring published literature

I’ve had the honor and privilege
of having several of my manuscripts and figures published in academic journals. But when the authors of Wikipedia wish to describe pterosaurs or the various fenestrasaurs like Cosesaurus and Sharovipteryx all references to my work are deleted or ignored. Worse yet, when it comes to Longisquama, I and my work are described as’ idiosyncratic’ and “strongly denounced.” Such attacks are not found on the pages of other prehistoric reptiles and they don’t belong on the pages of Wikipedia.

Figure 1. Scene from "It's a wonderful life" directed by Frank Capra in which Clarence tells Jimmy Stewart, "You never were born." When the authors of Wikipedia ignore published literature on pterosaurs and fenestrasaurs, this is what they are trying to do.

Figure 1. Scene from “It’s a wonderful life” directed by Frank Capra in which Clarence tells Jimmy Stewart, “You never were born.” When the authors of Wikipedia ignore published literature on pterosaurs and fenestrasaurs, this is what they are trying to do. Click to view a few minutes from this movie.

So, it’s not enough
to view the fossils first-hand, pass peer-review and enter the literature. Evidently some observations, findings and workers are to be shunned, maligned and marginalized. It’s not the first time this has happened in the history of Science. And it probably won’t be the last.

I recently added
my work on pteroid origin and articulation (Peters 2009) to the Wikipedia page on pterosaurs. Let’s see how long it stays up. In the literature these observations and hypotheses have not yet been falsified or questioned, but confirmed.

References
Peters D 2009. A reinterpretation of pteroid articulation in pterosaurs. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 29:1327-1330.

 

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2 thoughts on “Wikipedia ignoring published literature

  1. Good luck and many, many wishes for you to succeed, David! Science, like religion, often relies on misinformation, lies, and inuendo. A total shame really, when the bullies get heard because they have the biggest stick.

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