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Massacre of scientists
Posted to the Dinosaur List with permission from Douglas Wolfe. (Originally
posted to VertPaleo on 3/18/03 with a slightly different subject line.)
Sorry, but it gets worse. I just got off phone with Dave Gillette who confirms
that the Museum of Northern Arizona has just killed its paleo and geology
research program. The story was run in the AZ Daily Sun (azdailysun.com).
Please sharpen your nasty grams (ala nebraska and elsewhere) and wade into this
fray as well. I believe Dave, Janet, Barry and others are prevented from
acting in their own defense but I have no such restrictions. The MNA, as all
here know, is home to hundreds of type specimens and the library of the great
Dr. Colbert (who, respectfully, must be doing cartwheels in his place of rest
over this insult....). According to the article, BLM funding to the tune of
$200,000 will be lost and several grad students and assistants will also be
cast adrift. I personally have vertebrate and invertebrate specimens
reposited there and will now have to consider whether these are safe. I know
times are tough but I'd never
thought it would come to this. Please send your support and and letters of
protest (though I'm not sure where just yet..).
Sorry to have to post more bad news..
Adjunct Curator, Mesa Southwest Museum
Principal Investigator, Zuni Basin Paleontological Project