how many plastic models of carboniferous organisms contain material that was originally part of the organism that the model depicts? it has to be some non-zero number right

this toot brought to you by being in a weird museum thing probably sponsored by the fossil fuel industry, e.g.

i posted this as an instagram story but i feel like the joke didn't really land with that audience, so

@aparrish it's a bit oddly worded, but also largely true ...

@aparrish pretty much amounts to "we use fossil fuels for lots of things right now, so why change that?" 😂

Gourd Forbid we try to remedy our reliance on non-renewable, polluting, energy and material sources. even if it's not as easy as stopping oil usage all at once

@ddipaola there was a really disgusting video playing on a loop that glorified coal mining and made it seem macho and i wanted to unplug it from the wall

@aparrish yeah.

(FTR, to summarize my accidentally deleted toot: the more people we can keep out the mines, the better)

@aparrish I'm a doctor, dammit Jim, not a paleontologist!

@aparrish see you at tha crossroads homisaurus, mourn ya til I join ya

@aparrish I think this plaque missing

This plaque is very one-sided, I keep trying it find a sentence like the following

"But the use of fossil fuels contributes to global warming, pollution and human suffering "

@aparrish The individual organism, or the species of which the model is a representative?

@mewo2 i was thinking species. are there individual organisms from that era well-known enough to be mass produced in plastic?

@aparrish Well, I assume most models are based on a specific fossil, at least for reference? Or maybe a composite of a small number of fossils

@aparrish this question seems related: assuming the Eucharist transforms the bread into the body of christ at the moment of the sacrament (as held by catholic dogma), what fraction of the biosphere's carbon atoms have been christ after 2000 years of christianity?

@aparrish Plastic models of phytoplankton are a pretty good bet. (Plastic models of corn are an increasingly good bet as well, though.) Dinosaurs, not so much, unless there's more global mixing involved in the carbon cycle than I realized.

(On the other hand, water is said to mix so thoroughly that any water you encounter contains some molecules from dinosaur piss...)

@aparrish relatedly, I've seen calculations that Dinosaurs have put in enough biomass x time on this planet that literally all water, statistically, has probably been dinosaur pee.

@Nentuaby @aparrish there's this thing i've seen about having molecules in your lungs that were breathed by jesus, caesar, the buddha, etc.

i'm not sure if dinosaur pee has this beat for inspiration, but i'm not sure it doesn't.

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