Per Ahlberg and his crew just found another fossil along the fish–>tetrapod line! WHOO!!!
Ventastega curonica and the origin of tetrapod morphology
All the major news sources have picked up on this story already, with all the crappy journalism we have come to expect from most contemporary ‘science’ writers… ugh…
Dear Prof. Ahlberg,
This is my second request for your data underlying your recent paper, “Ventastega curonica and the origin of tetrapod morphology,” published in Nature (June 26, 2008) and reported in Science Daily (“New Fossils Of Extremely Primitive 4-Legged Creatures Close The Gap Between Fish And Land Animals” June 25, 2008).
Your work was taxpayer-funded, and Nature represents that its authors will make underlying data available. I’d like to review the data myself and ensure availability for others, including experts and my students. Others have expressed interest in access to the data in addition to myself, and your website seems well-suited for public release of these data.
If the data are voluminous, then I particularly request access to the data that was made available to the peer reviewers of your paper, and to the data relating to the period during which you supposedly found a frog fish thing. As before, I’m requesting the organized data themselves, not the graphs and summaries set forth in the paper and referenced in your first reply to me. Note that several times your paper expressly states, “data not shown.”
Given that this is my second request for the data, a clear answer is requested as to whether you will make the key underlying data available for independent review. Your response, or lack thereof, will be posted due to the public interest in this issue. Thank you.
ERV, AtBC, R&R, PT
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