Ego Observations: Bees vs. Dinosaurs

Urban, solitary bee Nomada articulata parasitizes the nests of Agapostemon in the metropolitan area.

When I did an internship at Natural History magazine, which was located within the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, I observed that the size of a scientist’s ego seemed to be correlated with the size of the organism he studied. So the paleontologists (the guys who study dinosaurs) had huge egos and the entomologists (they study insects) tended to have smaller ones. I much preferred the company of the entomologists.

 

 

 

 

Photo credits:

Bee (John Ascher, American Museum of Natural History)

Dinosaur bones (Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History)

About L. Stephenson Carter

L. Stephenson Carter is a science writer/editor and was also on the board of directors of the E.N. Huyck Preserve in Rensselaerville, NY.
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One Response to Ego Observations: Bees vs. Dinosaurs

  1. Geoff Carter says:

    This is very cool! I’ll never think about ego in quite the same way. What does this say about astrophysicists?

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