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Palaeo spam?? Fw: prehistoric animal giantism

I received this email yesterday, and I'm wondering anyone else has come
across this sort of stuff...

-----Original Message-----
From: Marvin <index@dd.iij4u.or.jp>
To: cmchenry@westserv.net.au <cmchenry@westserv.net.au>
Date: Sunday, 21 September 2003 9:17
Subject: prehistoric animal giantism

   I recently visited a dinosaur museum located in Fukui Prefecture here in
Japan. It was my first visit to such a museum, and it's hard to believe that
such monstrous animals were actually inhabitants of this planet. Few things
have shocked me in the 70 years I have lived, ( I am a veteran of both the
Korean and Viet Nam conflicts), but I have to tell you seeing the displays
at the Fukui  museum really made a lasting impression.
   The question that keeps bothering me is, - Has anyone come up with a
theory as to how those animals became so huge?
   Google - a fantastic search engine - brought me to your home page. I
thought I'd take a chance, and it appears that your facility might put my
curiosity to rest. I hope so.
   Thank you for your very kind consideration, and know that I am eagerly
awaiting your early reply.
Marvin Harvest


My suspicions are aroused because it addresses 'Sir', instead of my own
name, and refers to my home page - I don't have one.  Doubtless he was using
other search terms, but most of the Google
hits for my name are to the dinolist archives... I don't recall having
anything wise to say about the evolution of large size in dinosaurs, either.

Perhaps I'm doing a disservice to Mr Harvest, but the wording reminds me of
the opening rounds of a creationist diatribe....are the creationsists now
trawling the web to pic up the email addresses of possible antagonists?  Has
anybody else come across this sort of thing?



P.S. I haven't steeled myself to reply yet......

Colin McHenry
Geology Building
University of Newcastle
Callaghan  NSW 2308

Tel +61 2  4921 5404

Colin McHenry & Sarah Johnston
42  Faul St
Adamstown Heights, NSW 2289
Tel: +61 2 4920 7026
Mobile phone:  0423 08 16 83

email: cmchenry@westserv.net.au