“In 2010, research on dinosaur ontogeny (growth and development of individuals over the life span) concluded that Torosaurus may not represent a distinct genus at all, but a mature form of Triceratops”
Can you “conclude” that something “may not” be something?

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  1. You can, actually. You can conclude, for instance, that there is a 50% chance of rain. Your conclusion is that it may rain. I think concluding with a “may” is more honest perhaps than what we see from a lot of “experts” these days which is certainty where none is merited. Your blog entry is a good example. I’m 100% certain that this may not be your best blog post ever. The doctors say he has a 50% chance of living, although there’s only a 10% chance of that. The odds against chance that this comment, having been created with reckless abandon, will make enough sense to be worth reading, are four billion to one. But again, there’s only a one in a million chance of getting those odds, I’d say.

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