Thursday, August 27, 2009

Glyptodont Goof

I'm working pretty hard on the current series dedicated to defining dinosaurs and explaining why other creatures are not dinosaurs. I'm holding myself to a high standard, trying to write with clarity as well as scientific accuracy. Now that pterosaurs are out of the way, I'll be featuring more animals that are frequently called dinosaurs in my next post in the series. First, this little digression.

This morning as I was perusing my Google Reader, I ran across this post on Nick Gardner's fine blog Why I Hate Theropods. And it reminded me why I felt the need to do this series in the first place! A sloppy article in the Daily Telegraph. I'll screencap it below. I think it pretty well speaks for itself, and besides I'll soon be dealing with glyptodonts, mammoths, and other Pleistocene megafauna as part of the Who's Who series.

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