"A fossil is like a mold of the remains of a plant or animal from a long time ago that has been imprinted in sedimentary rock."
"Every found fossil is like a pixel on an Imax screen of diversity, illuminating a piece of Earth's vast history and adding to our understanding of geology and evolution. So what do you think? Feeling energized to go out and spend years looking for that next pixel?"
"fixing something from the past forever."
"Buried fossil fuels are like a great bank account from the past, from which currently we are drawing down reserves at a horrendous and unsustainable rate ..."
"Fossil fuels are like cheap vodka....it does the job, and you won't spend much money, but there is one hell of a hangover coming."
"When you think about it, the fossil record is like a series of photographs: frozen moments from what is really a moving, ongoing reality"
"The fossil record is like a movie with most of the frames cut out. Because it is so incomplete, it can be difficult to establish exactly when particular evolutionary changes happened."
"The fossil record is like an old, scratchy vinyl '78. The needle skips and jumps around, playing stretches that are clear and sweet, but never giving you the complete song"
METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.