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From the Ted Talk by Michael Benton: Mass extinctions and the future of life on Earth

Unscramble the Blue Letters

I’m a pagloalotosenit, as I say. I ddceeid on this career when I was seven years old. I loved dinosaurs at the age of seven, and I think these days, young people still do. And I haven't changed my view since. I love the job, teaching students, going to exotic parts of the world to dig up dinosaurs, fiidnng new facts about the history of life. However, this kind of subject, snudiytg the past, like studying the future, could be said by some not to be truly scientific. And I want to explore that a little bit first, how do we do this, before we get to the point of bgninenig to establish some facts and figures about life and current threats. And this has been criticised by other sescttinis.

Open Cloze

I’m a _______________, as I say. I _______ on this career when I was seven years old. I loved dinosaurs at the age of seven, and I think these days, young people still do. And I haven't changed my view since. I love the job, teaching students, going to exotic parts of the world to dig up dinosaurs, _______ new facts about the history of life. However, this kind of subject, ________ the past, like studying the future, could be said by some not to be truly scientific. And I want to explore that a little bit first, how do we do this, before we get to the point of _________ to establish some facts and figures about life and current threats. And this has been criticised by other __________.

Solution

  1. palaeontologist
  2. finding
  3. beginning
  4. studying
  5. decided
  6. scientists

Original Text

I’m a palaeontologist, as I say. I decided on this career when I was seven years old. I loved dinosaurs at the age of seven, and I think these days, young people still do. And I haven't changed my view since. I love the job, teaching students, going to exotic parts of the world to dig up dinosaurs, finding new facts about the history of life. However, this kind of subject, studying the past, like studying the future, could be said by some not to be truly scientific. And I want to explore that a little bit first, how do we do this, before we get to the point of beginning to establish some facts and figures about life and current threats. And this has been criticised by other scientists.

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