June 2013 LSAT, Reading Comprehension, Q25

Crowdsourcing the June 2013 LSAT:  June 2013 LSAT Explanation Central | About this project Here, I don't think I have any choice but to examine the five answer choices. Apparently we're going to be asked about a detail that was presented in the passage regarding "Calvaria pit walls." I don't remember much about them, except that they were an integral part of Temple's hypothesis... which turned out to be bogus. Here's my summary of the entire passage, if you need a refresher.

A. Yep. Line 56 says "a minority of unabraded Calvaria major seeds germinate." This means that abrasion might help Calvaria germinate, but it's not necessary. If it were necessary, then zero unabraded seeds would germinate. This will turn out to be the answer.

B. No, the passage said that some seeds made it through the turkey test and were able to germinate. It did not say that all of the seeds made it successfully through the turkeys.

C. No, the passage doesn't say "dodos couldn't have abraded the pits enough to cause them to germinate." Rather, the passage said "the dodo extinction probably wasn't related to the Calvaria decline."

D. What? I don't remember the passage saying anything remotely close to this.

E. No, the passage never mentioned wind or rain or anything else abrading Calvaria seeds.

Our answer is A, because it's something that was directly supported by the passage.

 

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