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|Quote (Paul Nelson @ July 20 2007,09:54)|
|The morphology that was transitioning was not based on size so "smoothing" the scaling to make them look similar is irrelevant.|
Right. But if size is irrelevant to the characters involved in the transitional series, and in any case is easily modified genetically, why not just depict the fossils using the same scale (so that the relative sizes of the actual specimens is clear to the reader)? If size doesn't matter, showing the fossils as one might see them lined up in a museum drawer shouldn't be a problem.
The accurate representation of data is important, especially when most students will never see the actual fossils in question.
Paul, the strawman is dead, so why don't you stop kicking it and put up another one? Do you believe that textbooks are never questioned in classrooms, or that teachers play no part in elucidating supplementary materials? Even if your complaint regarding scaling made sense in light of relevancy, and we've established that it doesn't, I've never seen an instance of a teacher at any level refusing to answer questions about the subject at hand.
Evolution is not about laws but about randomness on happanchance.--Robert Byers, at PT