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Re: Bambiraptor

> ....where paleontologists could examine them!

    Eric, I don't think you grasp just how much information is lost without
good locality data.  Without historical and geographic contect that comes
out of good locality data, relating the fossil to a bigger picture in some
way is really difficult.  I once made the analogy that it is like knowing
that there was a guy named Thomas Jefferson who had long hair and an and
interest in the Arts and Sciences, but without knowing where or when he
lived or his part in early American History.

>Paleontology is mostly detective work.  It wouldn't be that hard to track
down where they had been >picked up.

    Wow, I didn't realize tracking down exact localities without good
collection data was so easy.  I guess I haven't been doing it right...

It is our duty to make the best of our misfortunes and not to suffer passion
to interfere withour interest and the public good.
-George Washington

It is your business when the wall next door catches fire.
Jeffrey W. Martz
Graduate student, Department of Geosciences, Texas Tech University
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