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Re: France suffering from dinosaur-decipherer deficiency

On 6 January 2011 11:22, David Marjanovic <david.marjanovic@gmx.at> wrote:
>>  From: Ben Creisler bh480@scn.org
>>  This news story from the Times of London might be of interest,
>>  concerning the major dinosaur finds recently made in the Charente
>>  district of France.
> http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/giant-find-a-saur-point-for-science/story-e6frg6z6-1225981218078
> A femur that is 2.4 m long... wow. The biggest *Giraffatitan* femur is 2.35
> m, isn't it?

Nope -- 2.15 m is the longest given by Janensch (1961:207), so the
French sauropod's femur is 11% longer.  Nice.

> The article doesn't quite make clear if the problem is too few people
> interested in such jobs or too little money to _create_ such jobs.

I read it as a complaint about money.

> However,
> even if it's the latter, don't bother trying to apply. If you want to have
> the right to apply for an academic job in France, you first have to put
> yourself on the _liste de qualification_ of the ministry of education, and
> that list is only open for a few months every year. I finished my doctorate
> too late to get on the list in 2010, so I won't be able to apply for any
> French academic jobs for over half a year from now. The idea seems to be to
> cut down competition.

Impressive policy.