Do we, nowadays, regard anything that is old as somehow inferior, whatever the evidence? It has always been known that Neanderthals had bigger brains than we have, and now there is evidence for a complex culture based on articulate speech. As for the dinosaurs, 160 million years as the most significant creatures on Earth is hardly a record of failure. We might expect advertising agencies representing computer firms to know nothing - but Secretaries of State for Education . . ?
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