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RE: what pisses off paleontologists



You forgot a biggie: the public's inability to appreciate or accept uncertainty 
and ambiguity. Such as "how fast did this dinosaur
run?" "Which were larger, males or females?" and all sorts of other things that 
they want to know (and we do, too), but which we
currently can't resolve.

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Email: tholtz@umd.edu         Phone: 301-405-4084
Senior Lecturer, Vertebrate Paleontology
Office: Geology 4106, 8000 Regents Dr., College Park MD 20742
Dept. of Geology, University of Maryland
http://www.geol.umd.edu/~tholtz/
Phone: 301-405-6965
Fax: 301-314-9661              

Faculty Director, Science & Global Change Program, College Park Scholars
Office: Centreville 1216, 4243 Valley Dr., College Park MD 20742
http://www.geol.umd.edu/sgc
Fax: 301-314-9843

Mailing Address:        Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
                        Department of Geology
                        Building 237, Room 1117
                        8000 Regents Drive
                        University of Maryland
                        College Park, MD 20742-4211 USA 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu] On Behalf Of 
> Daniel Bensen
> Sent: Wednesday, December 02, 2015 7:17 AM
> To: DINOSAUR Mailing List
> Subject: what pisses off paleontologists
> 
> Hey all,
> I'm putting together a couple of essays for the general public about 
> dinosaurs and paleontology, and I want to make sure I got my
> facts straight.
> 
> This essay is about things that anger professional paleontologists. So far 
> I've got (1)crackpot taxonomic theories (2)the public's
inability
> to accept feathered dinosaurs and (3)fossil theft. Have I missed anything?
> 
> Now's your chance to vent!
> 
> Dan