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Re: Why are you so interested in dinosaurs?

I'm not a paleontologist, I'm a science writer like yourself. Mostly I cover 
aerospace, planetary science, and astronomy, and I'm writing two space 
histories for NASA. But I make it a point to seek out dinosaur-ish stuff when 
I travel, and I lurk on this list-serve. For me, dinosaurs are attractive 

1) They're ambassadors from another world - a world more alien than any I've 
imagined (or seen imagined) around another star, yet hauntingly familiar, and 
*real,* though departed.

2) They generate in me pride in all the magnificent things life can do. 
They've increased my appreciation for life on Earth today - particularly 


David S. F. Portree
Author focused on discovery
Houston, Texas, USA

"One day with life and heart is more than time enough to find a world."
                                               - Percival Lowell
"The farther we penetrate into the unknown, the more magnificent it becomes."
                                               - Charles Lindbergh