Making mistakes

One obvious problem with having a blog is that any mistake on your part is going to be massively magnified, especially if you have just pointed out how bad that mistake is. I wrote recently about the missing leg feathers of the Berlin Archeopteryx and how there was only the scantest record of the fossil before the rather hatchet job of repreparation took place.

So of course today I was literally leaving my office to take a specimen down to the prep labs before I realised that there were no photos of it in the IVPP records apart from the original publication. I went back in, took a dozen photos and then asked the prep guys to make a cast before doing the work. Phew.

2 Responses to “Making mistakes”

  1. 1 ScottE 07/11/2008 at 6:20 am

    But crisis averted!

  2. 2 David Hone 07/11/2008 at 8:34 am

    Yes, but it was close. We all make mistakes, but it is rather worse when you do one having admonised the error pulically about 2 days before.

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