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[News] Open Dinosaur Project Follows the Free Software Phenomenon

  • Subject: [News] Open Dinosaur Project Follows the Free Software Phenomenon
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2009 01:07:42 +0100
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Introducing the Open Dinosaur Project

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| Hello, and thanks for dropping by at the Open Dinosaur Project. This blog 
| is part of a wider project, in which we hope â with your help â to make 
| some science. We want to put together a paper on the multiple independent 
| transitions from bipedality to quadrupedality in ornithischians, and we 
| want to involve everyone whoâs interested in helping out. Weâll get to the 
| details later, but the basic idea is to amass a huge database of 
| measurements of the limb bones of ornithischian dinosaurs, to which we can 
| apply various statistical techniques. Hopefully weâll figure out how these 
| transitions happened â for example, whether ceratopsians, thyreophorans 
| and ornithopods all made it in the same way or differently.
| Who are âweâ, I hear you ask. The core ODP team is Andy Farke (curator at 
| the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology, Claremont, California), Matt 
| Wedel (Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, California) and Mike 
| Taylor (University College London). Weâre all researching and publishing 
| scientists, specialising in dinosaurs â although up until now Matt and 
| Mike have concentrated on sauropods.
| As for who you are: if you care about dinosaurs, and want to make some 
| science, then you can be involved. It doesnât matter whether youâre a 
| seasoned professional palaeontologist, a high-school kid or a retired 
| used-car salesman: so long as you can conduct yourself like a 
| professional, youâre welcome here.



Kofi Annan's Open Source TckTckTck Campaign Supported by Over 1 Million People

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| The tcktcktck.org website will today receive its 1 millionth pledge from
| people all over the world campaigning for a just and binding global deal at
| the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009.

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