> Twenty five minutes using the Georef CD-ROMs identified some 136 matches between the
> terms coal, Carboniferous, Pennsylvanian, Mississippian, Stygmaria, paleosol, seat
> earth, underclay, and paleosol for literature published in the years 1875-1998.
How do I get a set of the Georef CD-ROMs?
> is thus a considerable body of literature that presents evidence for in situ growth of
> Carboniferous coals. Even if this interpretation proves wrong, these data must be
> dealt with before alternative hypotheses are presented.
I disagree. I think the alternative hypotheses should be forcefully
presented and the two models allowed to compete in the literature.