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RE: Paleoart vs Fantasy (what's the problem?)



Putting this entire thing in prespective, since when was this kind of fantasy a new problem? If any lesson is to be learned from the history of paleontological public-relations, it can be observed that the general public almost always fails to get the accucrate picture on the issue, no matter how well meaning the paleo-buffs informing them can be. To be honest, most laymen sees paleontology without ambiguity, just taking in whatever an expert say wholesole, most of the time failing to listen to any opposing views (Prehaps the reason why Mr.Horner is precieved to be the worlds' "leading" Tyrannosaurid expert in any place at all). In which case it's not the matter of the most "scientific" paleontologist/paleoartist/paleo-buff shaping the public view, but rather the one with the biggest mouth, irregardless of how valid or credible their ideas may be. The general public is a fickle, media driven thing and the only way for anybody to really get an good idea of paleontology is to really go deep into such stuff.

If BBC Horizions can't even get their report on the feathered hoax armageddon in the right prespective, assuming one hoax disproves all the other valid fossil finds and the entire bird-dinosaur link, I won't really count on a largely superfical exibit to help shape public opinion any better.

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