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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
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.
Jaime A. Headden
The Bite Stuff (site v2)
"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
> Date: Sun, 28 Jul 2013 17:47:07 +0000
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> Subject: A tough question...or is it?
> How would you answer this question:
> Why study Dinosaurs?