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Ok, once upon a time I got my BS degree in Biology (no comments from the peanut gallery), before fleeing the snakepit of academe mostly because I was dumb enough not to realize that since the USC bio undergrad course was mostly pre-med and my interests were mostly animal behaviour that I probably just wanted to go elsewhere and... anyway before I took up computers which are certainly fun to play with. I was also interested in paleontology up to a point, that point being going on digs out where it is hot, dry, and not at all designed for this kittycat to not die of dehydration, sunstroke and sunburn (now if I really WAS a caracal...) anyway I read a lot about it but over the years mostly got distracted. Well, thanks to a batch of links thrown up in this james_nichol post I stumbled upon all sorts of truly cool posts on paleontology, mass extinctions, silly dinosaur names (Pantydraco?) and stuff like that there. My word, the things that have happened since I was last involved in this stuff! You should also go look at the monthly linkfest, The Boneyard for links to all sorts of stuff, with links to all sorts of other stuff with links.... Once again, proof positive that the internet is like a really good encyclopedia - look up one thing and you may never come out again. Oh yes, be sure to check out The Dragon's Tales blog.

Ah well, see ya later - back to the Carboniferous!


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May. 17th, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
You need to waltz up to the museum and tell them you want to be a volunteer fossil preparator. Your ancient knowledge of biology (like mine) will stand you in good stead.
May. 17th, 2009 05:57 am (UTC)
I might, given the time. I've done it before, back when I was in college when I helped clean items extracted from the Tar Pits. Technically not fossils... but preserved relics anyway. They got stirred around a lot - for awhile I had a large bison (iirc) vertebra that cleaning was a bit like unwrapping one of those old raffia balls that contained little trinkets scattered through them. Found everything from small mammal bones to a whole beetle.
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