What do termites and dinosaurs have in common?



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This video is meant to be funny. It is a remix of the words:
“A hundred million years ago.”

Can half a kilo of raw plant material feed a million termites for a hundred million years?


Will a colony of termites stay underground for a hundred million years?


Have termites been transporting lichen from trees for a hundred million years?


We should cite our sources of information! People might ask tough questions, like: How do you know anything about termites from 100,000,000 years ago? When people make a claim about something that happened before recorded history, they should state how they came to that conclusion so we could verify that claim for ourselves.

Computer animation of dinosaurs (dragons)

Computer animation of dinosaurs (dragons)

“Plagiarism is a serious issue in the academic community.” Source: University at Albany; albany.edu

Source: Grinnel College; web.grinnell.edu/Dean/Tutorial/EUS/IC.pdf

“Citation is important because it is the basis of academics, that is, the pursuit of knowledge. In the academic endeavor, individuals look at evidence and reason about that evidence in their own individual ways. That is, taking what is already known, established, or thought, they use their reasoning power to create new knowledge. In creating this knowledge, they must cite their sources accurately for three main reasons:”

1. Because ideas are the currency of academia
2. Because failing to cite violates the rights of the person who
originated the idea
3. Because academics need to be able to trace the geneology of ideas

“Consider the scientist who looks at an experiment described in a new publication, and then decides to perform an experiment to extend the results. At the same time, other scientists are planning experiments to test the findings, to contest the findings, to relate the findings to their own research: all of these “second generation” experiments owe their inspiration to the original idea. If another person reads one of the “second generation” ideas, proper citation will allow that person to explore the original publication to trace the way the idea has developed. In general, scholars must be able to trace how ideas develop in order to consider, think about, and test them accurately. So giving credit to the original source of ideas is the right thing to do, as well as the basis on which academia is built.”

Video footage sources:
termites: YouTube user oasishdchannel
citing sources: YouTube user realcoolchick50
dinosuar animation: unknown (There are many copies on YouTube)


Be sure to cite your sources. If there are no sources cited, ask questions.

Peace to everyone.

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