Paleontology Mary Dawson Return Home
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Expeditions always have a specific goal. Trips to regions further south than Ellesmere Island focused on living birds, insects, and mammals, but on Mary Dawson's expeditions, the team looked for fossils to support their theories on evolution and migration. If the expedition's goal is not met by the end of the trip, the team must return home empty-handed. This is why team members work whenever they can, stealing a few moments to prospect whenever possible:

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"Our daily activities could hardly be called routine. With twenty-four hours of daylight we worked variable hours, often not returning to camp after a long traverse until two or three o'clock in the morning.

"Needless to say, we weren't too active for the next day after having put in seventeen or eighteen hours in prospecting . . ."

Photo: Mary Dawson (center) hard at work with colleagues during the 1979 expedition.

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