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# Dr. Russel’s hypothesis

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Dr. Russel’s hypothesis of the teeth belonging to an extinct animal was verified by
comparing the findings with large teeth and bone specimens at the Hunterian Museum
of the Royal College of Surgeons in England.

A. of the teeth belonging to an extinct animal was verified by comparing the findings
with large teeth and bone specimens at the Hunterian Museum of the Royal
College of Surgeons in England
B. of the teeth belonging to an extinct animal was verified through a comparison with
findings with large teeth and bone specimens at England’s Hunterian Museum of
the Royal College of Surgeons.
C. that the teeth they found belonged to an extinct animal was verified by comparing
the findings with large teeth and bone specimens at the Hunterian Museum of the
Royal College of Surgeons in England
D. which was that the teeth belonged to an extinct animal, was verified by comparing
the findings with large teeth and bone specimens at England’s Hunterian Museum
of the Royal College of Surgeons.
E. which was verified by comparing the findings with large teeth and bone specimens
at the Hunterian Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons in England, was that
the teeth belonged to an extinct animal

I am not sure what "they" refers in C. to me E looks better. Can someone help.
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C. that the teeth they found belonged to an extinct animal was verified by comparing
the findings with large teeth and bone specimens at the Hunterian Museum of the
Royal College of Surgeons in England
In C – ‘they’ may refer either to specimens or to the findings.
One can say that teeth they (the specimens) found belonged to an extinct animal.
Alternatively, one can also say that they (the findings) -- meaning, whatever was found--, found belonged to an extinct animal. Of course, it is somewhat jarring to say that the findings found
In all sense, it will be good to drop the ambiguous ‘they found’. In contrast, E is straighter,although we may need a comma before –which-.
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30 Jul 2016, 16:10
I agree with daagh. E is the only possible answer here, although it still doesn't read like a real GMAT question. I'd be careful about studying from random collections of questions. At least if you study individual questions here on GC, you can see if people are criticizing the question or individual answers as unrepresentative of the real test.
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21 Aug 2017, 05:29
DmitryFarber wrote:
I agree with daagh. E is the only possible answer here, although it still doesn't read like a real GMAT question. I'd be careful about studying from random collections of questions. At least if you study individual questions here on GC, you can see if people are criticizing the question or individual answers as unrepresentative of the real test.

Whats wrong with A?

" Dr. Russel’s hypothesis of the teeth belonging to an extinct animal was verified ........"
is "hypothesis of the teeth ..." awkward/incorrect.
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