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Re: what pisses off paleontologists
Not so sure about that.
Although highly interested in palaeontology since I'm 6 (and I'am 57
now), I think laypeople like me appreciate the new view that you,
palaeontologists, have given to your science. I guess Jurassic Park has
helped in the process, but new researches are taken more seriously,
people now are (quite fully) convinced that birds are dinosaurs, and
they are really interested (for what I know) in phylogenetics, when, a
few decades ago, it was said that man came from fish.. which is not
wrong, in a way.
Discovery of Anomalocaris, for example, has changed the view we had of
the cambrian explosion. Tiktaalik has changed the way we looked at early
I know of noone who asks which is the big one or the fast one.
We just await for new discoveries and descriptions because we know
science is walking slowly.
My two euro-pence
Le 02/12/2015 13:26, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. a écrit :
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.
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Subject: what pisses off paleontologists
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
This essay is about things that anger professional paleontologists. So far I've
got (1)crackpot taxonomic theories (2)the public's
to accept feathered dinosaurs and (3)fossil theft. Have I missed anything?
Now's your chance to vent!