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On the California gnatcatcher and development

To the editor: As the senior authors of the paper on the California gnatcatcher denigrated by Occidental College biologist John McCormack, we wish to make clear that, contrary to his implications, no one other than the authors had any say in the analyses, interpretation or writing of the paper. We stand behind our peer-reviewed conclusion, published in the top-ranking American ornithological journal, that the California population of gnatcatcher does not represent a genetically distinct subspecies. ("The shoddy science behind developers' push to delist the California gnatcatcher," July 2) McCormick invokes argument from authority in his defense of subspecies status for...

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