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"Is there a palaeobiologist on board?"

"Is there a doctor on board?"This is one of those lines you hear in movies, dramas, cartoons, etc. but you never expect to hear in real life.But recently I actually heard this announcement on an airplane, though unfortunately I don’t know what the situation was, nor did I have the chance to find out if there really was a doctor on board, if he/she came forwards, and what happened afterwards.So no story there…But I did have a thought:“What if they wanted a PhD instead of an MD? And what kind of emergency situation would require the services of a PhD in palaeobiology?”Perhaps the following:Announcement:Is there a doctor in palaeobiology on board?Palaeobiologist (PB):Why yes, I happen to have a PhD in palaeobiology.Flight attendant:Thank goodness.Please follow me to the cockpit.PB:Certainly.-IN THE COCKPITPB:What seems to be the problem?Pilot:We have a terrorist situation here and we need your expertise.PB:Umm…I don’t think I’m qualified to deal with terrorists…Coilot:Oh, you’r…