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Re: The (long) future of paleontology
Dann Pigdon wrote-
That's assuming of course that digging will still be required in the
future. Subsurface remote sensing techniques may well become accurate
and precise enough to never have to get your hands dirty (or bloody)
I agree not excavating will be the future of paleontology. Just think of
the benefits of using an extremely large number of self-replicating
nanoprobes to catalogue the ground. They could make a precise
three-dimensional map of every fossil and compositional change in the rock.
We could even link this data to a database of known fossils for automatic
identification. None of this would be possible for a few hundred years or
so, but we have a long future ahead of us.