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Re: Whats in a name?

>Date: Sun, 17 Aug 1997 08:08:32 +1000
>From: Dann Pigdon <dannj@alphalink.com.au>
>(and let's face it, palaeontology is never
>going to build alternative power plants or cure cancer)

I think you underestimate the power of studying the past.  It's an exacting
study of the environment, physiology, and behavior of animals who held
'control' of the planet far longer than we have and then  disappeared.  (No
offense to our feathered friends).  By neccesity, the detective work
consists of sifting for the teeniest of clues, building theories around a
tooth or footprint, and arguing the unanswerable.  Add to that the brain
power, education, and passion of the folks involved.  What awesome
potential for discovery!

Who can guess what breakthroughs and insights into the survival of
individuals, species, or our battered little home world may emerge from
this incredible field!?!
        In Peace - SarahAnne