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Re: The (long) future of paleontology

On Thursday, January 12, 2006, at 03:13 PM, W. F. Zimmerman, wfzimmerman.com wrote:

There were some interesting discussions on this list recently about the number of genera discovered in each year and the most abundant fossil genera.

The conversation prompted me to wonder: what is the (long) future for paleontology? In some ways, it's a zero-sum game with an achievable end point. After all, all the fossils that ever will be discovered already exist.

Why would you assume fossils aren't being left today? Animals still die in around bodies of water, landslides & avalanches occur, not to mention volcanic activity's never ceased. All of these are still entombing creatures around the world.