Actually, Paleontologists usually receive a fairly decent salary and other perks; these people hardly wallow in poverty, and all it takes is a few notable finds for one's reputation to be secured. The following link, if acurate, gives a good indication of what these people can earn:
Let's not continue with this charade that science isn't simply one big mony-making scheme. Few people enter the profession not expecting to be adequately compensated. Unless you can provide me with proof that scientists, paleontologists in particular, are paid below the poverty level, I suggest that you refrain from labelling me *EDIT*. You seem to be quite hell bent on downplaying the true nature of science; it's beginning to make me wonder. If you're so right certainly you can go about refuting my assertions with always devolving these discussions into mudslinging events.
Edited by Paranoid Android, 10 February 2007 - 03:58 PM.
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