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Learn how scientists use comparative anatomy to reconstruct Earth's vanished worlds so that we can help Baby Yoda find its own home planet!
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Even in these divided times, we can all agree on one thing: we love Baby Yoda! But what is this child we adore and where did it come from? Similar questions about extinct lifeforms plague real-world scientists, who use the method of comparative anatomy to find their answers. Learn how scientists use comparative anatomy to reconstruct Earth's vanished worlds so that we can help Baby Yoda find its own home planet!
Leonard Finkelman is an assistant professor of Philosophy at Linfield College. He received his PhD in Philosophy from the City University of New York Graduate Center in 2013. Since then he has come to specialize in the emerging field of Philosophy of Paleontology, working on conceptual issues in extinction and the metaphysical background of dinosaur research. He is currently working towards a Master of Science degree in Vertebrate Paleontology at the University of Oregon.
In addition to this research, Leonard has written a number of outreach essays on a variety of topics including ethics, possible-world semantics, and human nature. He will also occasionally indulge interests in astronomy, prehistoric art, science fiction, and graphic novels.
Leonard's favorite dinosaur is Tyrannosaurus rex. He acknowledges that this is an uninteresting choice. Please pretend that he said Yutyrannus huali instead.
Leonard's work has been profiled in "Wired Science" and "The Oregonian."