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Re: Prehistoric Park
Personally, If I was attempting to breed Triceratops,
I'd take more than just one male. I'd have thought
that some females would have been useful, but Nigel
Marvin seems to disagree...
--- Eric Martichuski <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I've been enjoying the new paleontological series on
> Animal Planet with
> Nigel Marvin at his most suicidal. Tonight he went
> hunting for Microraptor
> gui, ran into some Incisivosaurus and managed to
> capture an entire herd of
> Titanosaurs, much to the consternation of zookeeper
> Bob (whose enthusiasm
> and befuddlement is a joy to watch). This is all
> very well. But one of his
> cameramen also got mobbed by a pack of Mei long who
> were after his beef
> This is a man who ventures into unknown ecosystems
> with a CO2 meter (for
> volcanic fumes), but no firearms. 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 venomous
> 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), and a
> portion of each show is devoted to the care and
> observation of animals
> captured in previous episodes, so there is both a
> "wild" and a "zoo"
> _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 jaunt.
> As professionals: how would you organize a
> comprehensive research program if
> you had the earth's entire history to range through?
> Let's say the
> time-machine can pinpoint things with 10,000 year
> accuracy (which should
> avoid paradoxes with most all of recorded human
> history). Do you make
> sweeps from 4 billion years ago and move forward?
> Move back from the
> present? How much geographic sampling would you
> need? Is there some rough
> sweep you could do before starting in on all the
> fine details?
> Obviously, there are points in time which particular
> individuals would be
> most curious about. Extinction events, the
> emergence of "firsts" (first
> land animals, first angiosperms, origins of flight,
> etc.), and other
> specific mysteries. But those are all tiny compared
> to the vast scope of
> data available for investigation. How would you
> even _start_ to organize a
> comprehensive plan?
> 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
> "There is no other wisdom,
> And no other hope for us
> But that we grow wise. -- Diane Duane
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> more?then map the best
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