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Re: Where would you hunt dinos?

On Tue, Jan 10th, 2012 at 4:28 AM, "Stephen V. Cole" <adbinc@arn.net> wrote:

> 3. Financing jobs for preparators: Sure, that too, if Tom Holtz 
> thinks it worthy, since I (figuratively) gave that million to him to 
> use as he thinks best. But such a job costs what, $40K a year, 
> meaning you'd be able to finance 50 such people for one year, or ten 
> for five years? Would that really make a difference?

More preparators would *always* make a difference. Here in Australia fossils 
are pulled out of the 
ground at a much faster rate than they can be prepared, meaning that a decade 
might go by 
before an important specimen is even recognised (let alone described). 

The Dinosaur Dreaming Project has even gone to the trouble of CT scanning 
partially prepared 
fossils that show promise in a local hospital. The digital results that I've 
seen are spectacular, but 
the cost involved still makes manual preparation a more viable option.


Dann Pigdon
Spatial Data Analyst               Australian Dinosaurs
Melbourne, Australia               http://home.alphalink.com.au/~dannj