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How palaeontology is done in real life



I'd like to draw your attention to the most recent sequence of four
posts on Darren Naish's blog:

        
http://darrennaish.blogspot.com/2006/07/angloposeidon-unreported-story-part-i.html
        
http://darrennaish.blogspot.com/2006/07/angloposeidon-unreported-story-part-ii.html
        
http://darrennaish.blogspot.com/2006/07/angloposeidon-unreported-story-part.html
        
http://darrennaish.blogspot.com/2006/07/angloposeidon-unreported-story-part-iv.html

Which together tell the background story of the _Sauroposeidon_-like
brachiosaurid cervical vertebra MIWG 7306, known informally as
"Angloposeidon".  Aside from the fact that these posts are about an
interesting specimen, they're also just about the best account I've
ever read of how palaeontology actually gets done -- the way from the
specimen's initial discovery and years of being ignored, through to
the inevitable mispresentation in the press.

If any of you know or teach kids who are interested in palaeontology,
I think this series of posts could be a real eye-opener for them.

Enjoy.

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