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Dinosaur FAQ #1

> Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2000 22:20:44 EST
> From: MKIRKALDY@aol.com
> [...] We introduce you to HP Mike Taylor (mike@tecc.co.uk) who has
> volunteered to build a set of questions and compile your responses
> so that we can do better than just suggest that newcomers search the
> archives for the answers to common questions.

Thanks to Mickey for the introduction!  As anyone who's checked out
the work-in-progress at
will know, there's a lot of work to be done -- plenty of questions and
hardly any answers.

I'd like to kick off by asking:

        Which scientific disciplines need to be understood in order to
        study dinosaurs? Obviously classification, vertebrate anatomy
        and some geology are useful, but that's presumably not

The replies I get to this question will not only get moulded into this
question's answer in the FAQ, but will also help to determine what
other questions get asked.

For this question and all subsequent ones, please send answers either
directly to me at <mirk@mail.com> or to the new mailing list at
<dinofaq@egroups.com>, which I recently set up for just this purpose.
I'm doing it this way in an attempt to prevent this list from getting
clogged up with a lot of discussion of elementary subjects that most
DINOSAUR list members won't want to be bothered with; however, anyone
who would like to see what answers are being given is very welcome to
subscribe to the dinofaq list -- see the list's home page at
for details on how to join, plus an archive of old postings, etc.

Thanks in advance to everyone who helps with this project!

 _/|_    _______________________________________________________________
/o ) \/  Mike Taylor -- <mirk@mail.org> -- http://www.miketaylor.org.uk/
)_v__/\  "Obstfledermause!  Nehmen Sie sie, so lang sie noch heiss
         sind!  Sie sind lieblich" -- Andreas Pagel.