Can a good con artist dazzle even a sophisticated audience into mistaking a load of bull for a substantive lesson? We all suspect that it's true, and that we've seen it happen. But what would we have to do to prove it? And if it is true, should we always meet charisma with skepticism?
The Evolutionary Evidence lab in EvoBeaker highlights two famous transitional fossils: Tiktaalik, a 'fishopod', and Microraptor, a dinosaur with feathers. Last month Junchang Lü, David Unwin, and colleagues described a new transitional fossil that's sure to become famous too. It's a Jurassic pterosaur from China.