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Re: Curse of the T-Rex
> First of all, why is is that we only make a big deal out of
> vertabrate fossils rather than juast any fossil? I know what they meant
> (or do I) when they said the word "fossil" on the Nova show, but
> shouldn't they clarify themselves? Wouldn't an Ordovician brachiopod be
> as much a fossil as a Cretaceous dino?
It has mainly to do with rarity. You can go out and collect a
million nice Ordivician brachiopods of the same species if you know where
to look. Nice Cretaceous dinos, particularly multiple individuals of the
same species, and hard to come by.