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Last year (well all right, December 31 2008), I blogged about how certain phrases in science papers could have been better constructed to avoid misrepresentation and quote mining by creationists.
The example I used was:
The size increases appear to have occurred when ambient oxygen concentrations reached sufficient concentrations for clades to realize pre-existing evolutionary potential, highlighting the long-term dependence of macroevolutionary patterns on both biological potential and environmental opportunity. (emphasis added)
From Payne, J. L. et al. (2009) Two-phase increase in the maximum size of life over 3.5 billion years reflects biological innovation and environmental opportunity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 106(1): 24-27.
Today, PZ Myers had blogged that the creationists are using this exact quote to support their discredited views.
Told ya! And yes, I'm looking at you Eamon Knight! :-)