Andrew K. Rindsberg arindsberg at GSA.STATE.AL.US
Tue Aug 22 08:22:16 CDT 2000

Zdenek Skala wrote,
'Strictly said, we can see "fossils" but do not know what they represent (in
terms of phylogenetic events). We can make only different equally plausible
models about them where "plausibility" refers more to the scientific
"esthetics" than to what is believed to be scientific standards.'

To paraphrase an earlier author (Huxley? Hume?),
'Robinson Crusoe did not feel constrained, when he saw a lone footprint on
the beach, to assume that its maker had only one foot.'

Andrew K. Rindsberg
Curator, Paleontological Collection
Geological Survey of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

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