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RE: More on "The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt"
> From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of
> Steve Brusatte
> "Plans for the expeditions that led to the discovery of
> Paralititan, the second-largest species of known dinosaurs, were
> first hatched here by two lowly graduate students, Josh Smith and
> Matt Lamanna, in
> Smith and Lamanna as "lowly" graduate students? Er...where does
> that leave an undergrad such as myself? :-)
Well, undergrads help pay our (the faculty's) paychecks, so they are
somewhat more valuable resources. Grad students, though, have to make their
way as research subjects.
Er, assistants. Yeah, I meant "research assistants"...
A jaw biomechanics lab in Florida: grad student has arm caught in alligator
jaws. Prof: "So, exactly *how* many newtons do you think the alligator is
Field work in Hell's Satans National Wasteland: Prof: "You go out and walk
the strat section, I'll stay here with the van".
Grad Students: "What, you mean the canyon?"
GS: "The nearly vertical cliff."
GS: "The one covered with spikey thorny poisonous bushes infested with fire
ants and rabid rattlesnakes?"
GS: "Can I at least have the GPS?"
P: "No. I might find a bone near the van, so I'll need to record its
Of course, the main advantage of being a grad student is that you might
eventually become faculty, and can pass on the pain and suffering...
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Department of Geology Director, Earth, Life & Time Program
University of Maryland College Park Scholars
College Park, MD 20742
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