"... the earth is definitely expanding, but the best way to sell it is simply as a mechanism for continental drift (i.e., plate tectonics.) When you say (as I used to say) plate tectonics is wrong, people then think you are saying continents don't move or seafloor spreading doesn't occur, etc. So you immediately put those people off. By telling them, it's almost all the same ideas used in (or confiscated in) plate tectonics -- continental drift, seafloor spreading, a closed Atlantic and closed Indian -- it just provides a different mechanism for continental drift (global expansion rather than convection), I think it becomes easier to digest." -- Dennis J. McCarthy, biogeographer, Email to the Noob, March 14th 2010
McCarthy, D.J., Here Be Dragons: How the Study of Animal and Plant Distributions Revolutionized Our Views of Life and Earth, Oxford University Press, Oct 2009
Sullivan, M., 'Here Be Dragons' Right Here in North Hampton, SeacoastOnline.Com, Nov 2009
[Dennis J.] McCarthy is a scientific researcher with the Buffalo Museum of Science in New York, and he sits on the editorial board of Biogeography & Systematics. He has published numerous papers in such publications as the Journal of Geophysical Research, Der Spiegel Online (Europe's largest-selling news weekly), The Journal of Biogeography, and Notes and Queries, Oxford's journal of literary scholarship.
So yeah, he's got mad biogeography street cred. ...
"I'm pursuing a controversial view in Earth science, and I knew the secret was in biogeography," McCarthy said. "Plate [sic] tectonics is definitely correct [bigass rolleyes], but I believe one aspect of it is likely to be modified. Specifically, I knew the distributions of plants and animals would let you know if current views of the history of the Pacific are correct. If not, this would completely challenge our views of planetary science. Biogeography could be on the forefront of the next major scientific revolution — just as it has been so often in the past." ...
"I don't fit in with scientists," McCarthy said with a laugh. "I never really did."