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RE: Alabama senator Hillary Herbert & birds with teeth

Fellow dino-lovers:

That Dinosaur Wars American Experience was painful to watch. Its hodge-podging 
of dates and dis/dys linear plot (and I think it's being courteous to say it 
that way) show mere a lack of coherence.

If that was the way it was even vaguely, then how insular were we as a country. 
E. g. no university none were granting doctorates. Really?

This can be considered a cry for help.

Marc Bauer 


--- On Tue, 1/18/11, Jane P Davidson <jdhexen@unr.edu> wrote:

> From: Jane P Davidson <jdhexen@unr.edu>
> Subject: RE: Alabama senator Hillary Herbert & birds with teeth
> To: "birdbooker@zipcon.net" <birdbooker@zipcon.net>, 
> dinosaur@usc.edu@listproc.usc.edu
> Cc: "vrtpaleo@usc.edu" <vrtpaleo@usc.edu>
> Date: Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 1:23 PM
> Check with Mark Jaffe on that.... he
> knows Marsh much better than most everyone
> else.   There were a few small items in the
> program which were slightly not right,  but on balance
> it was ok.   Cope did NOT die from kidney
> disease, for ex.
> I was also a little uncomfortable with the Joseph Leidy
> "was such a gentleman he could not stomach the conflict
> between Cope and Marsh and so withdrew." 
> Well....................  he was a gentleman,  but
> he had not enough money nor could he get it to compete with
> Cope and Marsh.    Cheers...   Jane
> D
> Dr. Jane  P. Davidson
> Professor of History of Art
> University ofNevada, Reno
> Reno, NV  USA  89557
> 775-784-6561
> fax 775-784-6655
> replies to: jdhexen@aol.com 
> or to jdhexen@unr.edu
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu
> [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu]
> On Behalf Of Ian Paulsen
> Sent: Monday, January 17, 2011 10:59 PM
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Cc: vrtpaleo@usc.edu
> Subject: Alabama senator Hillary Herbert & birds with
> teeth
>  I just watched the American Experience special called
> Dinosaur Wars about
> Cope and Marsh. Towards the end, it mentioned that an
> Alabama senator
> Hillary Herbert used Marsh's birds with teeth monograph as
> an example of
> waste of taxpayers money. The USGS budget was ultimately
> cut
> in half and the department of paleontology was eliminated.
> Does anyone
> have any references about this story? Cutting science
> budgets has a long
> history is the USA!
> sincerely
> -- 
> Ian Paulsen
> Bainbridge Island, WA, USA
> Visit my BIRDBOOKER REPORT blog here:
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