Fieldwork Quotes (3 quotes)
Anthropologists are a connecting link between poets and scientists though their fieldwork among primitive peoples has often made them forget the language of science.
It wasnt the finches that put the idea [of natural selection] in Darwins head, it was the tortoises. The reason he didnt use the tortoises [in writing On the Origin of Species] was that, when he got back, he found he didnt have localities on the tortoise specimens. Here the great god, the greatest naturalist we have records of, made a mistake. His fieldwork wasnt absolutely perfect.
The legends of fieldwork locate all important site s deep in inaccessible jungles inhabited by fierce beasts and restless natives, and surrounded by miasmas of putrefaction and swarms of tsetse flies. (Alternative models include the hundredth dune after the death of all camels, or the thousandth crevasse following the demise of all sled dogs.)