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Dear list members,
I've recently taken up responsibilities as the administrator of an on-line
resource, DinoBase <http://dinobase.gly.bris.ac.uk> hosted at the
Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, UK.
DinoBase is basically an on-line encyclopedia of dinosaurs aimed mostly at
children. Last month, we had an official launch complete with a media event
and press release, but it unfortunately coincided with a tragic incident
that dominated media coverage.
DinoBase has three features:
1. The database - obviously the core of DinoBase, this is an in-house
developed relational database system that allows the user to search for
information under different categories, such as general, genus, species,
describer, and year of description. The search function will pick up
partial keywords, so let's say you wanted to look up _Tyrannosaurus_, you
only need to type in 'tyran' and DinoBase will display a list of close
hits. The database also displays other information such as classification,
size, location, diet, and a brief description.
2. The news - this feature is part of the Forum (below). Moderators will be
posting any news related to dinosaurs including new
descriptions/discoveries, scientific research, and general media coverage
3. The Forum - exactly as the name suggests, this is a public forum where
visitors could leave comments, have discussions, or ask questions that will
be answered by Bristol palaeontologists. This section also has some
activity sheets for kids (part of the Bristol Dinosaur Project) that can be
downloadable as pdfs.
If you have children enthusiastic about dinosaurs, or are curious
yourselves, then please visit the site.
Department of Earth Sciences,
University of Bristol,
Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road,
Bristol BS8 1RJ, UK