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How to not use a comma.

OK, I freely confess that my grammar, punctuation and spelling get a bit sloppy in my journal. Sue me. It's a frickin' journal. On a news site I expect something a tad more professional. Case in point: a nifty little news story. A news site dedicated to biology has a great story about a prehistoric whale's fossilized skeleton being excavated in the Egyptian desert. So far, so good.

However, their editorial staff needs to learn proper use of commas.

The new skeleton of Basilosaurus will be shipped to Michigan for preparation and preservation, Gingerich said, via email.

What the hell is that last comma doing there? I really don't think they're shipping a skeleton back via email.

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