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RE: Dinosaurs in a Haystack...
Dr. Tom Holtz wrote:
<My best recommendation: read them simply for
enjoyment. You will certainly pick up a lot of useful
information in doing so (as well as a lot of
trivia...), and Gould is a great writer.
These essays are written for enjoyment, not as a
Additionally, although most (all?) of us on the list
are dinosaur-obsessed, it is important to remember
that there is much more to paleontology than
dinosaurs, and much more to evolutionary biology than
paleontology. Essays like Gould's are a useful way of
being introduced to these other topics.>
This is all so true, and I have, for some
inexplicable reasons, found myself drawn into the
world of mammalian and early vertebrate paleontology,
including the early tetrapods/amniotes group, like
*Panderichthys* and *Eucritta*. Gould is a great read,
and I have found much of his essays, though few of any
dinosaur subject, and many actually about the Ediacara
fauna, to be throuroughly engaging and entertaining.
Jaime "James" A. Headden
"Come the path that leads us to our fortune."
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