Curious Penguin Discussion

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Curious Penguin Discussion
« on: February 29, 2012, 08:48:27 AM »
Recently came across this and thought it be of note to some of those here.

http://www.boston.com/news/science/articles/2012/02/29/scientists_reconstruct_long_extinct_giant_penguin/
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Re: Curious Penguin Discussion
« Reply #1 on: February 29, 2012, 11:11:16 AM »
Interesting, but It is not of note to me.
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Re: Curious Penguin Discussion
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2012, 09:11:27 AM »
I had thought this might spark some interest in James and those who like Shenton question Penguins.
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Re: Curious Penguin Discussion
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2012, 10:54:50 AM »
I too wondered what James' views on the subject are, but he's been little more than in and out of late.
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Re: Curious Penguin Discussion
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2012, 12:51:56 AM »
I believe the discovery of a fossil "penguin" only serves to highlight some major problems in the field of cladistics.  The notion that the animal which once inhabited the skeleton in question is related to a particular modern subset of animals is highly speculative on the part of the scientists who have discovered it.  I think it is more appropriate to classify this animal as a dinosaur than as a penguin.  Based on the images provided, it shares many characteristics with dinosaurs.  The crux of my argument, perhaps, is that we ought to be wary of conventional cladistics in dealing with the corpses of long extinguished beasts.
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