But didn’t the National Geographic get into deep manure when they came out with their silly feathered dinosaurs and the theropod origin of birds? Who were those over zealous scientists who were acting in concert with National Geographic and what faith are they the proselytizers of?
Originally Posted by Itinerant Lurker
"The idea of feathered dinosaurs and the theropod origin of birds is being actively promulgated by a cadre of zealous scientists acting in concert with certain editors at Nature and National Geographic who themselves have become outspoken and highly biased proselytizers of the faith. Truth and careful scientific weighing of evidence have been among the first casualties in their program, which is now fast becoming one of the grander scientific hoaxes of our age---the paleontological equivalent of cold fusion. If Sloan's article is not the crescendo of this fantasia, it is difficult to imagine to what heights it can next be taken. But it is certain that when the folly has run its course and has been fully exposed, National Geographic will unfortunately play a prominent but unenviable role in the book that summarizes the whole sorry episode." -- Letter from Storrs L. Olson, Curator of Birds, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution to National Geographic after their infamous article on feathered dinosaurs.