Are elephant birds driving journalism into extinction?
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She starts of with:
Prehistoric humans are under suspicion of wiping out the largest birds that ever lived after fossilised bones were discovered with telltale cut marks.
Now, this was what I thought I knew in the first place, but then she goes on to tell me the opposite - that humans lived alongside elephant birds for thousands of years, so that now we don't really know why they died out when they did. It's bad enough that so many people these days seem capable of misunderstanding a fairly straightforward text (look at the comments section practically anywhere online), but when you are misunderstanding a text you are actually writing yourself ... words fail me. No they don't - when the BBC employs people like this I KNOW our civilisation is in its last days.
And she seems to largely miss what seems to me the bigger story - that some mysterious people was in Madagascar thousands of years before humans are supposed to have been and has seemingly disappeared without trace. Or is that overly anthropocentric of me?
I had similar thoughts - the BBC isn't what it used to be. One might hope it was better than the clickbait merchants, but not so much these days.
Oops! I must have been so irritated by the article I forgot to put in the URL ...