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Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
« Reply #330 on: December 15, 2020, 10:01:03 AM »
Got a referee request today from the one specialist journal that keeps on rejecting absolutely everything I send them (including some papers which were accepted, virtually unchanged, in the highest-ranking generalist journals, or the other top specialist journal in my subfield).

I know there's nothing weird about that, but it stings a little. =p

Did you decline the review request?

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Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
« Reply #331 on: December 15, 2020, 10:25:25 AM »

Did you decline the review request?

Couldn't bring myself to, unfortunately. It's the best, least-plagiarized thing I'll read in the whole grading period. Gotta get my kicks somewhere!
I know it's a genus.

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Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
« Reply #332 on: January 13, 2021, 04:53:58 PM »
New genetic evidence suggests dire wolves weren't actually wolves!
I know it's a genus.

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Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
« Reply #333 on: January 14, 2021, 07:25:52 AM »
New genetic evidence suggests dire wolves weren't actually wolves!

I couldn't access the link.  If they weren't actually wolves, what were they?  A previously unknown family of carnivores?
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Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
« Reply #334 on: January 14, 2021, 08:43:24 AM »
New genetic evidence suggests dire wolves weren't actually wolves!

I couldn't access the link.  If they weren't actually wolves, what were they?  A previously unknown family of carnivores?

Just dogs + convergent evolution.
I know it's a genus.

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Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
« Reply #335 on: January 14, 2021, 09:13:44 AM »
New genetic evidence suggests dire wolves weren't actually wolves!

I couldn't access the link.  If they weren't actually wolves, what were they?  A previously unknown family of carnivores?

Just dogs + convergent evolution.

Finally accessed the article after waiting a bit.  So they WERE canids, but turn out to have been a separate genus.  It's pretty amazing how they can now recover DNA from such ancient remains.  That DNA evidence has upended all kinds of taxonomic theories.
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Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
« Reply #336 on: January 14, 2021, 09:39:47 AM »
Speaking of animal species: a new rare baby Indian rhino was just born in Wroclaw:

   https://twitter.com/nowthisnews/status/1349756410742018050?s=21

Graphic warning: the birth is the first thing to be seen.

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Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
« Reply #337 on: January 14, 2021, 10:24:11 AM »
New genetic evidence suggests dire wolves weren't actually wolves!

I couldn't access the link.  If they weren't actually wolves, what were they?  A previously unknown family of carnivores?

Just dogs + convergent evolution.

Finally accessed the article after waiting a bit.  So they WERE canids, but turn out to have been a separate genus.  It's pretty amazing how they can now recover DNA from such ancient remains.  That DNA evidence has upended all kinds of taxonomic theories.

This reminds me of the dire wolf skull exhibit at the La Brea Tar Pits. There were probably around 500 or so dire wolves excavated from one spot where they had presumably become trapped when they went after prey that were also trapped in the tar. It's a fantastic museum, inside and out. Until my visit, decades ago, I had assumed that dire wolves were the stuff of legend and fairy tales.