"Paleontology is like any other science: Practitioners examine the available evidence, trade ideas back and forth, erect tentative theories, and wait to see if those theories stand the test of time (or flurries of criticism from competing experts)."
"He says paleontology is like a 3-D jigsaw puzzle; one you don't have a picture for and someone else has lost a lot of the pieces. People are surprised, Nick says, that bones don't just come out of the ground in a big piece, are dusted off, and put on display."
"Paleontology is like detective work," Ibrahim says. "It's amazing to piece together clues and re-create a hundred-million-year-old landscape where gigantic predators flourished and enormous evolutionary changes unfolded."
So what results do they expect from these studies? "You never know what you are going to find," says Rybczynski.
"Paleontology is like the moment before you open your Christmas present," adds Cumbaa. "You can sense it's there, but you make a discovery as you go along."
"Paleontology is like memory. It serves to clarify the present and allows one a hazy glimpse of the future."
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