Somewhat disrespectfully they’re called bone diggers, the scientists concerned with prehistorical life.
They search for the more or less altered remains and traces of activity of extinct organisms.
But their success extends even to today’s world: with the aid of DNA analysis, they’ve found a secluded village in Tucscany named Murlo, where to this day a race of nearly pure-blooded Etruscans live who were long thought to have died out.
A round of applause for the paleontologists.
On the Language of Fossils and of Bones
In the shelter of the loveliest of landscapes
by audacity or neglect or even
by since-renamed diseases destroyed
what’s left behind are the traces
for example those under the gentle hillocks of Tuscany
And during the retreat of evening light
changing in the wind the cypresses
sway above the eternal sleep of a people
somewhere farther off skulls are discovered
and put under the magnifying glass
knowledge of those alive in past geological eras
doesn’t guard against fossilization of still-living heads
bones – categorize them count them
like lentils on a silver tray
just make sure you don’t fall asleep