I will finish this article pretty much as I finished my previous effort of 2012. To take one example, he’s gleefully pointed out more than once (most recently in July 2020) that the Cretaceous lizard Carusia can’t be called Carusia because there’s already a living lizard called Carusia. Join Facebook to connect with David Peters and others you may know. Peters, D. 2010. But this only works if you put in the hard work, by which I mean that you have to incorporate numerous anatomical characters relevant to the taxa you’re analysing. Peters is not, dear reader, just doing his own thing in some quiet corner of the internet, beavering away in earnest, minding his own business. Nate Peters Digital Imaging Technician in Paleontology/Anatomy at Oklahoma State University Galway, New York 65 connections One Digital Eye. His primary response is to insist that everything’s just fine, and in fact he refuses to add more characters. Publish something online about any of the issues where Peters declares interest, sit back a few minutes, and – presto – Peters will appear. Science 308, 1112. Toxicofera, Eufalconimorphae and Carangimorphariae – to take just three infamous examples – must be accepted as valid phylogenetic hypotheses, whether existing anatomical datasets support them or not. : Jeholopterus At right: captive Corucia specimens. Peters looks at illustrations and photos of skulls and skeletons, supposedly identifies anatomical structures (most typically bones, but sometimes cartilaginous and soft structures too), and presents his own reconstructions of the specimens in question. As noted above, Peters now says that this is “old laundry” and that my bringing it up as an example of his unreliability is unjust. Caption: David Peters contends that his older attempts to interpret fossil animals (like the pterosaurs shown here) are “old laundry” which should be ignored, and are irrelevant to his modern efforts. But if you’ve looked around at palaeontological news sites online, on YouTube videos about vertebrate palaeontology, or in the comments sections attached to online papers at PLoS ONE, PeerJ and the like, chances are high that you’ve seen Peters pop up there too, promoting his views. Peters is not a reliable student of phylogenetics. Legal Information: Know Your Meme ® is a trademark of Literally Media Ltd. By using this site, you are agreeing by the site's terms of use and privacy policy and DMCA policy. Peters is not unaware of this issue, since it’s been pointed out to him on innumerable occasions by his critics. It isn’t. Empfehlungen aus der Redaktion. Follow. A reinterpretation of pteroid articulation in pterosaurs. Smith, Joshua B.; Vann, David R.; Dodson, Peter (2005): Dental Morphology and Variation in Theropod Dinosaurs: Implications for the Taxonomic Identification of Isolated Teeth. He is most notable among the online Paleontology for his extremely unorthodoxed views of Pterosaur anatomy. Therein, scientists who object to Peters’ conclusions and methodology (they include Chris Brochu, Neil Brocklehurst, Andrea Cau and David Marjanović) point out that his results are wrong, or at best very likely mistaken. But what the Peters of 2020 is unable or unwilling to understand is that his efforts of recent times are of the same calibre as those of the Peters of 2012, or the Peters of 2004. Several of his manuscripts – I believe submitted to such journals as Nature and Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology and mostly aimed at tackling big picture issues of reptile phylogeny – were rejected at around this time (for the record, I have not ever, not once, acted as a reviewer for a Peters paper). At left, the anurognathid pterosaur specimen CAGS Z070. the review of the Peters problem published at TetZoo back in 2012, Why the world has to ignore ReptileEvolution.com, Peters' dinosaur phylogeny fails finale part 1 - The Problems, Peters' dinosaur phylogeny fails finale part 2 - The test, Why Paleontologists Get Riled Up Over This 'Heretical' Pterosaur Concept Art, On the probability of the phylogeny of Theropoda obtained by Dave Peters, Debunking The Pterosaur Heresies: All Is Wrong in Peters' Pterosaurs. #saw this on fb and its killing me #paleontology #paleontology memes. I base my confidence here on my own observations of relevant specimens (I can confirm – with no equivocation whatsoever – that Peters is 100% for sure identifying cracks, bits of crap and debris and so on as anatomical structures), and I can point to many others cases where colleagues can do likewise. The test literally wasn’t constructed to test for the position of non-birds. 3. I’m not advocating censorship. Or, restated: why can’t I just mind my own business and leave Peters alone? David Peters is not a reliable or trustworthy source and should be ignored. And despite arguments that those weird claims of the past were “rookie mistakes” or “old laundry”, the fact is that Peters has never stopped doing whatever it is that he does. : Paleontology or palaeontology is the study of prehistoric life forms on Earth through the examination of plant and animal fossils. Peters sees stuff that no-one else can see, reports findings that no-one else finds, perpetually declares everyone else to be wrong, is vastly prolific, and has been very, very good at sharing and disseminating his stuff online. But the details concerned are not genuine details of anatomy. 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