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I’m not a scientist; I didn’t do well in any science class at any point in my life; and prior to the mid 2000s, I’d never read a scientific research paper. My life had nothing to do with paleontology, outside of reading the occasional article in magazines or newspapers.
Then the National Geographic documentary “Waking the Baby Mammoth” was released. Interests I had abandoned as child, aspects of the world I assumed I would just never understand, intense curiosity and wonder from deep within leapt to the surface with remarkable force. And when the Boston Museum of Science hosted the exhibit “Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age” from the Field Museum, there was no going back. Whatever roadblocks I’d had–whatever assumptions I’d made about my ability to grasp scientific concepts–ended there. I wanted to know more.
I’d been published a little bit. Maybe, I reasoned, I could write about paleontology, speaking with experts in the field, learning as I go. And that’s exactly what I did.
When I received constant disinterest in the paleo stories I pitched to publications, I created this blog. Eventually I did start reading scientific papers. It still takes me a long time: I guarantee you on any story I’ve ever written (here or in print), I’ve read and reread the research in question until I understand it.
I’ve learned that paleontologists (and archaeologists) are marvelously wonderful and generous people. This blog is the result of so many of those people giving their time and expertise freely. Any errors on these posts are mine. Likewise, all images–unless noted otherwise–are also mine.
I love paleontology. (I’m pretty fond of archaeology, too!) I’m profoundly grateful to the scientists, museum and press staff that have given me so many opportunities! I am still learning, I am still asking questions, I am still in awe of what researchers are discovering about ancient life.
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Many thanks for reading,
Jeanne Timmons, May 2020
(Some of my freelance work is here.)