It was only to be expected that the searching review of the Hastings Rarities in August 1962 (Nelder 1962, Nicholson and Ferguson-Lees 1962) would, in certain circles, cause considerable distress and a desire to rebut, if possible, the arguments which led to the retrospective rejection of so many records. Perhaps the main surprise is that we had to wait as long as six years for the first detailed ...

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