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RE: Prehistoric Park
Subject: Prehistoric Park
Date: Sun, 05 Nov 2006 22:24:49 -0800
I've been enjoying the new paleontological series on Animal Planet with
Nigel Marvin at his most suicidal.
same here...its a fun series!
This is a man who ventures into unknown ecosystems with a CO2 meter (for
volcanic fumes), but no firearms.
imagine the sight...
Paleontologists stand back in confusion when they discover several _mei
long_ with bullets in their skeletons. Creationists shout cries of triumph.
By rights he should have been eaten half a dozen times by now, by things
ranging from T-rex to short-faced cave bears...all of which he's managed to
outrun on foot. It's worse than all those wildlife celebrities who pick up
there's an element of luck, I'd imagine. sometimes even Steve Irwin got
bit...just not by anything bigger than he was.
The outrageous cheating-of-death aside, the conceit of the show: capturing
extinct animals for breeding programs as we do with extant ones works quite
well. The "time portal" is never explained, just assumed (two probes,
stuck in the ground and activated, form a "time field" between them),
this is a bad thing? it is Animal Planet after all, not The Science
_However_, entertaining as it is as fiction; I find that the existence of
time-travel is just too huge to be treated in such a haphazard manner.
They're just wandering randomly through time snagging 1-2 species per
it gets worse, as I realized when he caught the mammoth and t.rexes.....if
you capture a few of either group at the dawn of their species, and a few
more at the twilight of their species -- would they be separate
P.S. Nigel pronounces it "FOR-us-RAW-kid"...just in case anyone was
P.P.S. On an unrelated note, would anyone happen to know, off the top of
their heads, a greek/latin cognate for "lighter-than-air" or "floating".
I'm creating some balloon-creatures for a novel and while "pneumathere" has
a nice ring to it, it's not quite what I was hoping for.
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