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Re: Glut Supplement 3

> Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2003 09:23:13 -0500
> From: "Steven Coombs" <gasperex@hotmail.com>
> Is supplement 1 and 2 the same as supplement 3, but just updated?

You can't just buy the most recent supplement, if that's what you
mean!  (Well, you can, but ...)  S3 does not repeat the information
from S1 and S2, it's all new material -- and heck of a lot of it.

It's notable that the supplements are getting bigger: S1 442pp, S2
685pp, S2 726pp which is more than two thirds the size of the original
volume (1076pp)!

This despite the fact that the supplements are coming more frequently:
S1 covered three years (1998-2000), S2 and S3 only one year each (2002
and 2003 respectively), which suggests that Glut's criteria for what
should be included are growing laxer with time.  The supplements
include not only core information such as known material, age. etc.,
but summaries of recent research related to each genus.  For example,
although nothing really new is known about _Sauroposeidon_ since S2,
S3 has hefty _S._ entry summarising Matt Wedel's work on skeletal
pneumaticity, which frequenty refers to _Sauroposeidon_ even though
it's not really _about_ it.

What this means is that reading each successive supplement is an
excellent way of catching up on all the good stuff that's happened in
dinosaur science over the previous year.  It's really the next best
thing to reading the papers themselves -- better in some ways, since
it's edited for redundancy.

So: every home should have the complete set really.

CORE: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0899509177/thedinosaurrea0a
Sup1: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0786405910/thedinosaurrea0a
Sup2: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/078641166X/thedinosaurrea0a
Sup3: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0786415185/thedinosaurrea0a

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