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RE: Specimen counts (was RE: Caudipteryx suffered from osteoarthritis)
> From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu]
> On Behalf Of Robert Schenck
> It just funny when you hear about there being 'too many
> paleontologists/paleo-students out there', and at the same
> time not just individual specimens, but collections of series
> of specimens collecting dust.
Not that surprising:
1) It costs an institution $$ (or other appropriate symbol...) to hire some
one. Less $$, less hires, more unemployed paleos.
2) It costs an individual $$ to do research. Less $$, less opportunity to study
specimens, less specimens described.
> (at the same time, I guess if a
> student actually bothered to learn some chinese and went to
> china, they'd probably be allowed to work on it, so maybe
> it's the students's fault too).
Even if they DON'T learn Chinese they would probably have opportunity to study
them! It is by no means a lack of willpower or
interest to hire young researchers or to do research. It is just economic
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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Senior Lecturer, Vertebrate Paleontology
Dept. of Geology, University of Maryland
Faculty Director, Science & Global Change Program, College Park Scholars
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Department of Geology
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