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Re: Whats in a name?

jamolnar@juno.com wrote:
> 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>
> >excerpt:
> >>(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!?!
> 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
> vlmed@juno.com
> jamolnar@juno.com
> All questions are valid; all answers are tentative.

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