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Re: How to Become a Paleontologist

Rob Meyerson wrote:

<...Yet, take a look around the Dinolist; many of our
thinktanks are not employed in a paleo-job, or may be
lacking a degree or two. They have become competent
through independent study (going on digs, conducting
research, giving talks, etc.).>

  I agree. Just because individuals like Greg Paul or
Tracy Ford are not PhD weilding men, this does not put
down their enormously helpful contribution to science.
And we're talking more than dinosaurs. At the time
Horner was working on the Two Medicine and publishing
professionally and getting famous before you could
blink, he hadn't a PhD or a Master's.

  Hopefully, my college days won't be so nasty as to
make me think of taking Peter Larson's path and
removing myself from the degree-seeking road. I only
hope to qualify my skills as more than an artist, but
as a scientist, whether or not I have a degree.

Jaime "James" A. Headden

"Come the path that leads us to our fortune."

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