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Re: Alabama senator Hillary Herbert & birds with teeth

I think "Dinosaur Wars" was one of the best paleontological
documentaries to come out since "Walking with Dinosaurs".  There
wasn't a single frame of cheap CG, a complete absence of flashy,
seizure-inducing cutscenes, and almost a full hour of intellectual
discussion on a very interesting period in history.  The talking heads
knew (for the most part) what they were talking about and were fairly
reliable sources of information on the topic.  I'd take something like
"Dinosaur Wars" before I'd ever watch rubbish like "Jurassic Fight

Also, before this turns into a "Olde paleontologists were racists and
bad people" thread: you cannot hold historical figures up to modern
moral standards.  If you do that, you take them out of the context of
the eras in which they existed.  Keep them within the boundaries of
their lifetimes, and you'll really start to figure out who they were
and why they did what they did.


Lee Hall
Paleontology Undergraduate
Museum of the Rockies
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT

On Sun, Jan 23, 2011 at 8:17 AM, Dan Chure <danchure@easilink.com> wrote:
> Cope, in one of his lesser known works entitled "On the relationship of the
> sexes to government" wrote "Negro suffrage was one disaster and female
> suffrage would be an even greater one."  Marsh may have been a jerk as a
> person, but seemed to avoid such philosophical musing, as least in his
> published writing.
> Dan
> On 1/23/2011 4:25 AM, Augusto Haro wrote:
>> 011/1/22 Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.<tholtz@umd.edu>:
>>> Also, there is a tendency of these things to be very pro-Cope, because
>>> (let's face it) Marsh was a jerk as a person. BUT one could also
>>> highlight
>>> Cope's obsessions with generating a larger total publication record, or
>>> (okay, this is a bit Whiggish, but...) Cope's lack of acceptance of
>>> natural selection (as opposed to Marsh's strong embrace of and promotion
>>> of it).
>> We may also remember his racism (something is also commonly pardoned
>> to Huxley), even if it was widespread among intellectuals in these
>> times.