Thursday, March 17, 2016
The Identity of the Tully Monster
solved the puzzle: the Tully Monster had a notochord or primitive backbone. This makes it part of our own phylum, the chordates.
The news of this discovery just made the Times, because the article was just published yesterday in Nature. But wikipedia already had the new information yesterday, and I am told that it has been up for weeks. I have noticed this before, that wikipedia articles in cutting edge scientific fields are updated much faster than information appears in the journals. This seems to be a backdoor channel that some scientists are using to get around the pre-publication ban on talking about the findings that top journals are still trying to impose.
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Why does the fossil look almost nothing like the "reconstruction" image? I'm highly confused here.
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