About 5 years ago someone emailed me a story in pdf form. I can’t find it or remember the title but would love to read it again.
The story (what I remember!) humans were sent to a planet to observe/study the evolution of the planet and its creatures. The scientists were put to sleep for thousands of years, would wake up and document what they saw before going back to sleep. There were shifts of single scientists. One scientist realized the small creatures they encountered were intelligent and rather than watch them go extinct, chooses not to go to sleep but joins them to die.
I’m sure I’m messing that up. Any help would be appreciated!