Thursday, November 12, 2015

Ancient Brains Fossilization

Mark Grove
Dr. Jones
Biology H
12 Nov 2015
My article talks about how a known scientific fact was disproven with a single new discovery. This fact, that brains simply cannot fossilize, was proven false when the fossilized brain of an ancient crustacean was discovered in 2012. This discovery caused new ideas about fossils and how they work. By disproving a known fact, it brought about a very popular controversy in the scientific field. This is interesting because such a small discovery had such a large impact. I think that this information should be used to make sure that we don't make the same mistakes again. We should make sure something is 100% true before making it a fact so that today's research might be more accurate. One quote that struck me was this: "It was questioned by many paleontologists, who thought -- and in fact some claimed in print -- that maybe it was just an artifact or a one-off, implausible fossilization event." This tells me that for something to be disproved, they need to be 100% certain that it is wrong so that they can make sure they're doing the right thing. Another quote was this: "People, especially scientists, make assumptions. The fun thing about science, actually, is to demolish them." He is saying that it isn't unheard of for a scientist to be wrong, and it is everyone's job to disprove them. This article leaves me with one question: how might we be more accurate in the scientific field so that we don't have to make as many mistakes?

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