Paleonet -- PaleoNet


About Paleonet
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PaleoNet represents an experiment in establishing a higher level of personal interaction among paleontologists of diverse specialties and experience. This type of interaction was characteristic of paleontology during most of its existence, but has declined due, in large part, to our own success. Today paleontology is far more diverse than it was 20 or even 10 years ago; encompassing everything from descriptive systematics and biostratigraphy to remote sensing and biogeochemistry. In addition, paleontology has also been subdivided into the professional sectors of industry, academics, museums, and government to the extent that paleontologists in some sectors have come to feel as though they have little in common with their colleagues who have found employment elsewhere. The re-establishment of connections between paleontologists of all types is PaleoNet's primary goal.

PaleoNet's operating model falls somewhere between an informal electronic journal and a very large social gathering of paleontological professionals (including students) convened to discuss current events in the field. As a subscriber, you can expect to find wide variety of information posted through PaleoNet at any time. These include ongoing informal conversations about papers, ideas, techniques, requests for information, announcements, etc., set against a background of more formal contributions such as editorials, meeting reviews, book reviews, software reviews, and the like. The purpose of these exchanges is to put you in touch, and keep you in touch, with what is happening in paleontology. The key concept that makes PaleoNet work, however, is participation.

Since PaleoNet is primarily a forum for public communication within the paleontological community, all postings to PaleoNet should be made to the entire subscriber list and not to individuals. Anyone who receives a reply to his or her PaleoNet message through a private e-mail posting is encouraged to make the posting public along with their response. PaleoNet would also like to make a special request for participation by graduate students. I know that during both my M.S. and Ph.D. programs I often felt isolated because there were few people on my campus who were interested in the research problems with which I was grappling or had expertise/experience in the fields my research demanded. This is natural, but that realization does little to ease ones sense frustration. PaleoNet is offered to you, as a practical means of finding knowledgeable people with which to discuss your research problems.

Moreover, PaleoNet offers a means whereby you can participate in discussions of direct relevance to your future careers side-by-side with interested paleontologists from a wide variety of backgrounds and at all stages of their own career development.

PaleoNet is not affiliated with any professional paleontological society but seeks to serve as a clearinghouse for any information of relevance to any form of paleontology. Additional information about PaleoNet is available on the PaleoNet web site:

Wellcome to PaleoNet


Prof. Norman MacLeod


Keeper of Palaeontology (and PaleoNet)
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road, London


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