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Primetime Protists

Dennis Goode GOODE at ZOOL.UMD.EDU
Tue Jul 16 14:40:55 EST 1996


I had the same reaction.
Since you bring it up, why don't you draft a letter and let the rest 
of us suggest aditions or subtractions.
Clearly some education is in order.


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> From: farmer at EMLAB.CB.UGA.EDU
> Subject: Primetime Protists
> Date: 16 Jul 1996 05:52:50 -0700
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> Yesterday I was delighted to open my mailbox and see protists on the 
> front of a major US magazine.   The cover of this month's Scientific 
> American has a beautiful photograph of Japanese Star Sand, mostly the 
> foraminiferan (Baculogypsina sphaerulata).   Finally, protists had hit the 
> primetime!
> Imagine then my dismay when I read the article inside and they 
> referred to foraminiferans as "...microscopic, single-celled 
> animals.."  Animals??  ANIMALS!!!  If the editors of one of the most 
> influential magazines for educating the public about the nature of 
> science was calling forams "animals",  I realized that we have our 
> work cut out for us.  I mean really, thanks to Mark Siddall we've 
> already lost one phylum of protists this year.   Are we destined to 
> relinquish the foraminiferans too!!
> Does someone more eloquent than I want to draft a letter to the 
> Editor of Scientific American, or must I take on this windmill 
> myself?   :-) 
> MTC,
> Mark
> Mark A. Farmer
> Director, Ctr. Ultrastructural Research
> University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602
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