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RE: A tough question...or is it?



Why study anything? To know more.

Dinosaurs, though, are classically valuable: They include the largest land 
animals to ever exist, and come in dozens of exicting and unique forms, from  
sauropods with their great necks, tails, and longest nerves in the world, to 
massively armored ornithischians with Thor's hammer for a tail, to the 
loud-honking, or maybe even balloon-faced hadrosaurs and their wonderful, 
complex, marvelous teeth. And then there's the extant dinosaurs, the evolution 
of vertebrate flight, and its variance from other flying vertebrates. They help 
us look at ancient ecology, biology, and evolutionary history of associated 
animals.

They capture children's imagination, these wonderful beasts. If one uses 
dinosaurs, one opens a gateway to Science. Every physical science is involved 
in the study of these animals in one way or another, and this allows the child 
to grow into not only an informed or interested adult, but an adaptive thinker 
and questioner in whys and whats and wheres. Dinosaurs eventually teach 
children not just wonder, but about the world. If the stepping stone to this 
means WWD on the stage, animatronic robots and silly, goofy TV shows or movies, 
then so be it.

Cheers,

  Jaime A. Headden
  The Bite Stuff (site v2)
  http://qilong.wordpress.com/

"Innocent, unbiased observation is a myth." --- P.B. Medawar (1969)


"Ever since man first left his cave and met a stranger with a
different language and a new way of looking at things, the human race
has had a dream: to kill him, so we don't have to learn his language or
his new way of looking at things." --- Zapp Brannigan (Beast With a Billion 
Backs)


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> Date: Sun, 28 Jul 2013 17:47:07 +0000
> From: john-schneiderman@cox.net
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: A tough question...or is it?
>
> How would you answer this question:
>
> Why study Dinosaurs?