Of all the earth sciences, paleontology appeals most to the public. Everyone, it seems, is interested in fossils, and because of that interest, most paleontologists someday will face the challenge of explaining their work to someone who knows little about paleontology, or about science in general.

I've been writing and talking about geology to non-technical audiences since 1978. I'm a science writer (and administrator) at the Kansas Geological Survey at the University of Kansas. I've written untold numbers of news releases and magazine stories, given presentations everywhere from Rotary clubs to faculty seminars, and done numerous radio and some television...

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