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  1. #1 Palaeontologist here 
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    Hey guys,

    I'm Steve. New to the forum. I'm a 22 year old palaeontologist from Calgary, Alberta. I don't mean to say that I'm some random hobbyist, I've taken 5 years of university. I pretty much specialize in comparative anatomy and have some systematics under my belt as well.

    I have a background in geology as well, also reptiles, their husbandry and breeding. I have a wide variety of experiences within zoology as well. Entomology, specifically morphology, taxonomy and medical aspects (ie. diseases tey carry and that affect them).

    I'm hoping to make some friends here and have some pretty good discussions; I'll likely be seen hanging around the biology section!

    Steve


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    Hi Steve, welcome to the forum. Are you working at a dig site now or do you have more schooling to get through?


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    I'm actually a consultant, working to protect Alberta's historical heritage as sites are developed. We don't do any real digging, yet- that might come someday. Instead, we do alot of prospecting and construction monitoring, but have been known to do alot of surface collecting in restricted areas.

    No more schooling for me. I don't even have a masters, nor do I want one. Academia is something I really don't have much interest in getting into, since I don't like specializing. I'm really a jack of all trades in various fields.
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    That's cool. I'm in an athropology department right now and some of the archaeology students work as consultants also. At the moment one of them is working on excavating an area where a highway is supposed to eventually go. I wonder if they have any paleontologists on their team.
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    I've worked closely with archaeologists and have even taken part in a few archaeological digs in the exciting boreal forest, which is mostly undescribed for arky so far. I have a strong tendancy to get along best with the zooarchaeologists...I wonder why? Haha.

    Just recently at an arky site I found a bison dentary that was so worn the crowns of the molars were basically touching the top of the tooth socket!
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    Welcome indeed, mormoopid! The more people we get on here with actual qualifications behind them, the more us laymen can learn. I look forward to your contributions!
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