Publishing on human origins

John Grehan jgrehan at SCIENCEBUFF.ORG
Wed Jun 2 08:50:45 CDT 2004

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Hi John,
      Well, I'll just reiterate my previous suggestion (a middle ground
approach)-----investigate the morphology of genes.  

I would agree with that - at least it would be a comparison of apples
with apples.

      I'm sure you could get your present paper in some journal less
prestigious, but if you really want to reach a broad audience, you MUST
include some supportive genetic support of some kind (or expect to face
continued rejection).  

Although that was not the issue here. The very idea that the genetic
stuff could be challenged was what the editors could not stomach.

Admittedly it's a double standard that papers on genetic information
alone can get published (without morphological support), but that seems
to be the present reality, like it or not.  

Glad someone recognizes the inequity.

So best to find someone with expertise on the genetics of orangutans
that shares your skepticism, and then maybe you can then move forward.
That's still my best advice.

Critique of the genetic has been published, beginning with the 1984
article on the orangutan theory. It just got ignored. However, the DNA
sequence status needs to be critiqued as it has and will continue to be.


               Good luck,
                          Ken Kinman

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