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Re: Fieldwork or bust? (Was: Stenopelix valdensis)
And no, the "unnamed paleontologist" is NOT Mary Schweitzer. Dr.
Schweitzer is a better field geologist than I am, to be honest!
On Wed, 12 Jul 2006 05:57:55 +0000 (pd) Phillip Bigelow
> I agree with Denver's point.
> I personally know a paleontologist (who shall remain unnamed) that
> visits the field (and when she does, it is only on 1-day field trips
> annual meetings). She does all of her work in museum collections.
> openly admitted to me that she couldn't "read" an outcrop if her
> depended on it. Even though her knowledge of biology is impressive,
> not sure that I would trust the sections of her papers that deal
> stratigraphic context or biostratigraphic context.
> With time, as paleontology becomes fragmented into more and more
> subdisciplines and subspecialties, I believe that this "disconnect
> the dirt" will only become greater. Many of today's paleontologists
> educated only as biologists. There are increasingly more
> grads that lack an adequate education in geology, even
> geology, and who have no desire to learn any geo after the fact. I
> should note, however, that these people still constitute a small
> of all paleontologists.
> Nesciamus, non attingamus
> On Wed, 12 Jul 2006 11:21:51 +0100 email@example.com (Mike
> > Not at all wanting to get caught up in Denver and Mickey's
> > but as I was reading a recent post in that thread, my eye was
> > caught
> > by this fragment:
> > Denver Fowler writes:
> > > You cannot gain a true appreciation of time, stratigraphy,
> > > variation, or the fossil record as a whole, unless you actually
> > go
> > > out into it and dig.
> > Would most other DMLers perceive this as true? What specific
> > insight
> > into the fossil record can only be gained in the field and not
> > studying in collections or the literature? I am genuinely
> > _/|_
> > /o ) \/ Mike Taylor <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > http://www.miketaylor.org.uk
> > )_v__/\ "Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but they are
> > not
> > entitled to their own facts" -- U.S. Senator Pat
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