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from a class three human
I am a class three paleontologist as I have recently been
classified. But you have to put up with my input too. I
have been lurking for the most part and did not intend to
voice my opinion for another month or so. However in this
discussion about us amateurs I finly have to make a comment
first to counter all the terrible tales of idiots in
paleotogical sites there are more than just a few examples
that go the other way. Sam, the fisrt seismosaurus, was
found initially by a couple of just plain people (not even
class three) who brought it to the attention of the right
people and eventually to Gillette acounding to his book of
the same title.
Jack Hoerner and friends first come across the baby
maiasaurus from a ROCK SHOP AND FOSSIL SHOP. Egadds!
and so it goes on and on.
second we out number you guys (in real life if not on the
net) by a long shot. It would seem to me that honey would
get a lot more cooperation than flames. And of course we
really want to cooperate and add to the data of the
community. I have s few times asked questions and even
submitted a sample to the Smithssonian Institute and the
responses I got were dumb, short in a first grade language
approach, and a couple of times they were just plain wrong.
I assume that most natural history museams are much more
professional and in fact I know they arre.
thirdly, If anyone else is still reading, most fossils are
comsumables at least until they are put in a proper
condition. Out here in the east, fossils will last for a
few days after a storm until they break up and are no longer
of use to anyone. If they are not collected (almost always
by a class three or sometimes by a class four) tyhey don't
I am very anxious that our professional leaders in all their
ivory tower enviornment don't throw out the baby with the
bath water. Let's be supportive friends.
paul w. sparks email@example.com
"over the heather the wet wind blows
I've lice in my tunic and a cold in my nose"