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RE: Where would you hunt?
I think this reply is way too heavy for the tone of the original request,
although certainly you would hope someone would always get lots of input before
assembling a team for such a thing and the Holtz would alsways be welcome on
any team I ever assembled. It was a fantasy that I think all us paleo-nerds
have had at one time.
So back to fantasy-land. The talk we heard on the Sudan at SVP suggests amazing
things will come out of there if paleontologists can get in there and keep
their heads (literally) while doing so.
>From: dale mcinnes <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Sent: Jan 7, 2012 12:53 PM
>To: email@example.com, DML <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: RE: Where would you hunt?
>Hopefully you're not asking for info for the black market. You could
>find valuable scientific artifacts anywhere ..including well worked over
>sites. The value is not always in the actual specimens recovered. A new
>interpretation of a specific palaeo invironment/ scraps of a well known
>dino that would contribute to an interpretation of its ontogeny.
>This is not the 1950's. You need to be thoroughly versed in many sciences
>and be out there with a team of specialists.
>Get the $million first. Tom Holtz will take care of the rest. dale
>> Date: Sat, 7 Jan 2012 13:21:45 -0600
>> From: email@example.com
>> To: DINOSAUR@usc.edu
>> Subject: Where would you hunt?
>> I will start by saying I did not win the lottery, but promise that if
>> I do, I'll donate money to find dinos. But to move on.
>> A guy walks into your office. He's a dino fan, not a scientist, and
>> won the lottery. He offers you a million dollars to fund expeditions
>> to "go somewhere and dig up something and add to our knowledge of
>> dinosaur evolution." (He wants to go along just for fun and name a
>> junior synonym after himself.)
>> He mentions that he had actually brought two million dollars but that
>> some guy named Tom Holtz had talked him into giving half of it to
>> train new dino prep technicians. Shucks, a million is still a million.
>> Anyway, I know nothing of mounting such expeditions, but assume that
>> a million would do multiple trips, starting with a very small party
>> to survey the area and establish connections with equipment rental
>> places, local law enforcement, supplies, maps, and whatever.
>> The questions is, where in the whole world would you want to go in
>> order to dig up something that would ADD TO current dino-paleo
>> knowledge? Not saying you cannot go to the old places (Argentina,
>> Chad, Egypt, Mongolia, Madagascar) but perhaps there is some untested
>> ground with explosed Mesozoic formations that deserves a look if only
>> there was money?
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