Friday, May 21, 2010
A Phylogenetic Inferrence Too Far?
I tip my hat once again to the incomparible Lukas Panzarin, who I think is the most talented paleo-artist working today. I don't particularly like the fact that he's been commissioned to basically make up McDonald et al.'s new duckbill, Jeyawati, from the new issue of JVP. Look at the known bones. Look at all the unknown bones. I feel like we've got another Masiakasaurus here. Phylogenetic inferrence is great, but it's being taken to an unfortunate extreme here. This reconstruction is just begging to be falsified.
However, I must once again stress that I LOVE Lukas' work.