Ten Mile Island
Y'know, I've been to college, too, y'know. And I've, y'know, taken a lot of courses and stuff, y'know.Oh, but I didn't take "environmeddle studies", y'know. I also didn't take P.E. nor so-so-ology. I took graduate-level classes in biology, mammalogy, ethology, chemistry, and behavior modification. All of which were useful to my careers as an animal handler and biological scientist.As a result of the confluence of the exposures, for example, I was the first person to recognize the significance of the palatal pits in elephants. The pits were briefly mentioned by Sylvia Sikes in 1976, but when I noticed them, I worked with a brilliant physical chemist (Bets Rasmussen), and described in the late 1980's their function as a gating mechanism which mediated chemoreceptive reactions.Working with Bruce Hultgren in Corvallis, we elucidated an outline of the neurological characteristics of the pits, and in so doing, achieved a sound understanding of what was actually occurring during the course of what ethological studies had for many years noted simply as "trunk-to-mouth behavior".Y'know.Probably, I should have taken some "environmeddle studies" courses, y'know. Instead, I took classes which allowed me to help to enhance our understanding of biology, and even brought in pay-checks. Not big checks, but hey. Enough to keep going, y'know.
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