[Catch up on the story so far here!]
Last time, on A Pokémon Trainer Is You:
What do you want to investigate?
– Visit Lexa, then go looking for the Super Nerd
You decide that Mal and Ellie’s comments about a “weirdo” who hangs out at the mountain’s peak are the best thing to follow up, so you head over to the tent where they said their fossil conservator, Lexa, is busy working.
Continue reading “A Pokémon Trainer is You! XXXVI: Conservatively Speaking”
I’f you weren’t an archaeologist/grad student/philosopher/pokemaniac, what would you be?
Oh, I don’t know… a bum?
A village idiot? The dark apostle
of Y’shqllath’gokgh the World-Ender? All
valid and empowering career choices.
Continue reading “The Dag asks:”
You like old stuff, right? What are your thoughts on fossil pokemon?
archaeologists take pains to point out that we do not study fossils (it’s a surprisingly common mistake). Not all “old stuff” is similarly old (unless
you listen to certain ill-advised religious sects); I deal in the
hundreds/thousands of years range, not millions/tens of millions. Fossils are about as much my professional
area of expertise as the moons of Jupiter are an airline pilot’s.
…as it happens,
though, I am independently a layman dinosaur
nerd with a basic knowledge of evolutionary biology, and I was a sufficiently
weird kid that, when I started school, I wanted to be not a fireman or an
astronaut but a palaeontologist. So
LET’S TALK FOSSILS.
Continue reading “Tony the Tiger asks:”
What would you study if not Classics/archaeology?
Well, when I was a kid I wanted to be a palaeontologist. I sort of wrote that off as unrealistic when I was in high school, but actually, now that I’m a real archaeologist and dig stuff up and do proper scholarly research, honestly I do think I probably could have pulled it off if I’d kept going with biology and geology. Evolutionary history is a fascinating rabbit hole. I’m not sure I’d have the patience for taxonomic debates, though. I mean, people can literally spend years arguing about whether a single jawbone represents a new species or not.