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“Removing things and burying them out of sight … actually distorts reality, it makes everything seems disposable. … I think we need to reconnect with the places we’d rather forget about,”  Joshua Reno, an anthropologist who studies landfills.

“We had a teenage individual, we had bits of an adult, we had historical drawings, we had some other specimens, and we had to combine them all,” Asher Elbein, a paleontologist, on reconstructing the Spinosaurus.

“My mom is a typical New Orleans Jewish woman. The first thing she said to me was, ‘So, are you not going to eat my shrimp anymore?’”Steve Simon, on converting to Orthodox Judaism.

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