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Research on impacts and mass extinctions has been interdisciplinary in the extreme. As the field has developed, the scientists involved have learned a number of ways of bridging the barriers that normally separate specialties. The most difficult problems involve different training in the primary and secondary sciences, different cultures in different sciences, perceptions of a hierarchy or pecking order of sciences, judging the quality of scientific work, and the barrier of jargon and technical language. Doing interdisciplinary science involves learning the languages of different fields, and when this is done, most of the other barriers melt away. Perhaps the interdisciplinary style that is growing up in this field may eventually be as important as the things we are learning about impacts and mass extinctions.

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