By Eric Flint, Ryk E. Spoor
What's a palaeontologist doing on Mars? Pushing her boundaries...
Problematica, n: a time period utilized in palaeontology to consult fossils that seem to be both of unknown taxonomic foundation, or whose prevalence within the situation they're came across contradicts present ideals of the sector.
The locate used to be made via undefined, a "funny fossil" not anyone has obvious ahead of out in the midst of the Arizona barren region. And correct in the midst of controversy: the unusual formed fossil may possibly support to give an explanation for one of many maximum mysteries of Earth's prior, the good die off on the KT boundary. It warranted a huge dig, person who could lead on to the mum lode, immortality. yet what Dr Helen Sutter didn't comprehend used to be that it should take her all of the option to Mars!
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The problem was . . "That's not even a skeleton," Helen said finally. J. said. "I know there was a lot of squiddage back then. Squids with shells, if I remember right. " Joe frowned. " He sketched an elongated oval in the air. "Those could be tentacles, sort of. I only see three of them, though. " "A lot shorter, though," Helen pointed out. "And much of the rest looks like it is a skeleton. Well, sort of. Weird though it is, that part here, near the longer, um, tentacles, looks like a skull to me, and it's attached to these other parts.
Helen turned to Carter. "What do you think, Sean? " "It certainly can't hurt," he replied, scratching his cheek. "And it's easy to justify, if he'll do it for a reasonable fee. If you know the disposition of the fossils ahead of time, it's far easier—which means cheaper in the long run—to do a major dig. " Helen nodded. "Call up your whiz kid, Joe. Tell him he's got the chance of a lifetime here. " Chapter 3 The black and silver helicopter wailed to a landing at the end of the arroyo. As the blades slowed to a visible speed, the rear cargo door opened and a tall man hopped out.
That was no surprise. If Helen had the reputation for being a fanatically careful field worker, Sean Carter's reputation for obsessive attention to detail made her look like a dilettante. Carter never missed a single clue in the study of a fossil. There had been one wag a number of years before who had jested that Carter could probably visualize the entirety of the Cretaceous in toto from a single bone. What he was seeing in this death scene bothered him more and more. She could see his brow wrinkling so it looked like he was in actual pain.