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RE: The (long) future of paleontology
You are absolutely right. I am sure I would make a splendid fossil. ;-)
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Sent: Wednesday, January 18, 2006 2:24 PM
Subject: Re: The (long) future of paleontology
On Thursday, January 12, 2006, at 03:13 PM, W. F. Zimmerman,
> 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.