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Help with long words - a FAQ?



In article <9603131542.AB24649@lepomis.psych.upenn.edu>, "Sharon A. Hill
(717) 621-3118" <HILL.SHARON@a1.pader.gov> writes

>       The list seems to be slacking lately so I thought I would ask
> for some help with words I don't understand.
>       These are from The Dinosauria (I wish they would explain these
> utterly foreign words and phrases just a little):

I take the point that "The Dinosauria" is intended for specialists, but
I too have cursed the lack of a glossary in the book.  It took me ages
to get even a rough idea of what an autapomorphy is.  In other words,
I'm out of my league when reading it, but I wouldn't be with a bit of
help.  I suspect that this applies to others too.  Would a FAQ for this
list (maybe with cross-posting to sci.bio.paleontology) be an
appropriate form for an introduction to paleontological vocabulary?
Jeff Poling's geological time scale is a good start, I've found it very
useful already - thanks.

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