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Re: Whats in a name?

On Sun, 17 Aug 1997 13:02:02 -0700 SarahAnne Hazlewood
<sash@teleport.com> writes:
>>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 
>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 
>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 
>this incredible field!?!

Perhaps it can help settle whether we humans really are causing any sort
of global warming or if we are merely a blip in a normal geological cycle
of global heat and cold.  The answer could save us much unnecessary worry
and expense, if it were forthcoming.

Judy Molnar
Education Associate, Virginia Living Museum
All questions are valid; all answers are tentative.