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RE: ?!? A New and Separate Palaeontological Community
Thank you Thomas. Agreed. Palaeontology is certainly interdisciplinary [thank
god]. I was emphasizing more
the field technician concept here. There's no way the field can be separated
from other disciplines. It's
a whole different century now.
I was referring to bringing the research skills of technicians up a few
notches, academically speaking. That would have to be completely taken over by
academia. A strong connection with existing research institutions and their
personnel is a no brainer.
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> Subject: RE: ?!? A New and Separate Palaeontological Community
> Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2014 10:47:32 -0400
> A few brief comments:
> 1) This is largely a dinosaur-fan site, not one populated primarily by
> professional paleontologists (and far less so than 10-15
> years ago). So you are addressing the wrong community.
> 2) Paleontology is not its own thing. You have to address the issue of
> science as a whole. Research paleontology is NOT isolated
> from other disciplines, but part of several integrated fields (whether
> contributing to primarily biological questions of
> development, ecology, evolution & systematics, or to geological questions of
> stratigraphy, paleoenvironment, paleoecology, etc.)
> From your description, you seem to imply paleontology is about going out,
> digging up bones, and describing them. That is just the
> very first phase (although obviously a critical one).
> Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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