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Re: A tough question...or is it?
Zen answer: because it is one of the many works one can do.
At times the related question, why paying taxes for dinosaur studies,
instead of materially more important stuff like disease or technology,
emerges. I guess so long humankind enjoys or at least does not protest
because of that practice, dinosaur paleontologists can keep going on.
If not, dinosaur paleontology will have to be a hobby, as it is for
If your question refers to employment, it may vary depending of the
country, but I guess many other careers have better chances of
employment or higher wage.
2013/7/28 Caitlin Syme <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> I guess that's my point: the anthropocentric view is us vs. them, us being
> one species of bipedal ape, them being billions upon billions of
> vertebrate, invertebrate, plant, bacteria etc... species extant and
> On 29/07/13 9:32 AM, "Jason Brougham" <email@example.com> wrote:
>>Well, that is true, and it is good even if people know that there were 65
>>million years between dinosaurs and people, because even that is more
>>knowledge of earth history (and the resulting perspective) than 99% of
>>But I do quibble, just a tad, with making direct comparisons between one
>>species, H. sapiens, and all dinosaurs, which are a radiation of probably
>>tens of thousands of species.
>>From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu] on behalf of
>>Caitlin Syme [firstname.lastname@example.org]
>>Sent: Sunday, July 28, 2013 7:11 PM
>>Subject: Re: A tough question...or is it?
>>My reasoning is that it (hopefully) reminds people that we weren't/aren't
>>the most successful animal on the planet. Depends how you measure success
>>(i.e. Power to modify/destroy whole landscapes), but I like to think it
>>puts the anthropocentric worldview down a peg or two.
>>On 29/07/13 8:33 AM, "Dann Pigdon" <email@example.com> wrote:
>>>On Mon, Jul 29th, 2013 at 3:47 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
>>>> How would you answer this question:
>>>> Why study Dinosaurs?
>>>A certain quote attributed to George Mallory comes to mind.
>>>Spatial Data Analyst Australian Dinosaurs
>>>Melbourne, Australia http://home.alphalink.com.au/~dannj