Boundary - Boundary, Bk 1 Author:Eric Flint, Ryk E. Spoor What is a paleontologist doing on Mars? Pushing her boundaries. . . .Problematica, n: a term used in paleontology to refer to fossils that appear to be either of unknown taxonomic origin, or whose occurrence in the location they are found contradicts current beliefs of the field. The find was made by a teenager. A “funny fossil&rdqu... more »o; no one had seen before out in the middle of the Arizona desert. And right in the middle of controversy: the strangely shaped fossil could help explain one of the greatest mysteries of Earth’s past, the great die-off at the KT boundary. It warranted a big dig, one that could lead to the mother lode, andprofessional immortality. But what Dr. Helen Sutter didn’t realize was that it would take her all the way to Mars. . . .« less
I found the outline of this story intiguing. A fossil of an alien is found on earth who obviously had higher technology but is surrounded by Dinosaurs that it killed defending itself unsuccessfully. The inteligentsia don't believe the facts. The players who found it wind up working in the space program and ultimately on the Mars mission. Good old capitalism outdoes the government again and finds that we are not the only sentients in the universe.
This was a fun book to read that ultimately has the scientists winning over the bureaucrats. Lots of believable just past the cutting edge technology. I recommend it