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Re: Re : For you T. Rex addicts out there! - Part 2

From: Steve <wolverin@twcny.rr.com>

Why does it *HAVE* to be one or the other?

Because, unfortunately, settling for the middle-man argument doesn't raise much controversy and therefore doesn't bring in the funding. These dichotomies we're always hearing about in science aren't a coincidence; they're there because pitting one side against another attracts attention (and money). People don't want to hear that all paleontologists have finally agreed that the dinosaurs were finally wiped out by the combination of an asteroid, disease, sea transgression, etc. They want to hear about Jack Horner and Bob Bakker duking it out at an SVP meeting over the feeding habits of the tyrannosaurs! That's why this debate rages on.

Jordan Mallon

Undergraduate Student, Carleton University
Vertebrate Paleontology & Paleoecology

Website: http://www.geocities.com/paleoportfolio/
AIM: jslice mallon

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