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Name: D NIXON
Occupation: ENGINEER
Location: SWINDON
E-mail: DENIXON@aol.com
Where did you hear about DinoWight?: GOOGLE
Question/Comment: TAKING MY GRANDSONS ON HOLIDAY. YOUR SITE HAS GIVEN ME ALL THE INFO I NEED AS TO WHERE TO GO TO LOOK FOR FOSSILS ETC. THANK YOU.

Glad you've found it useful. No need for all the capitals, though... DW

Name: cathy
Occupation: student
Location: iow
E-mail: cathyadamou@aol.com
Where did you hear about DinoWight?: looking for fossil info
Question/Comment: 2 new species of fossil fish reported in IWCP a while back from Dunnose, any idea what they are, and how old, also where have they ended up? thanks

I hadn't heard about these, but as they are not Wealden, I don't know much about them. They've almost certainly ended up at Dinosaur Isle museum. Sorry I can't be more help. DW

Name: eva
Occupation: housewife
Location: ca
E-mail: evaryena@msn.com
Where did you hear about DinoWight?: internet
Question/Comment: MY 6 YEAR OLD SON LOVES DINOSAURS AND I WANT TO GET SOME INFORMATION ON DINOS CAN YOU HELP ME.

Try here, it's a good source. Failing that, try your local library, they'll have lots of books. DW

Name: Lee
Occupation: worka
Location: East Kent
E-mail: sexyman@hotmail.com
Web address: www.[muckystuff].com
Where did you hear about DinoWight?: IOW OVIOUSLY
Question/Comment: How big are dinosaurs [privates] ??

Firstly, I don't appreciate that sort of language on DinoWight (the above is heavily censored), and secondly, that's actually quite a good question. It's difficult to tell, but comparison with modern reptiles can tell, and Tyrannosaurs at least would have had a "willy". If you actually care, and weren't just asking to be gratuitously crude, e-mail me, and I'll tell you. (and for those of you who want to know why I don't just use the e-mail address above, you don't think that's his real e-mail address do you? It certainly wasn't his real website!) DW

Name: cathy
Occupation: student
Location: IW
Where did you hear about DinoWight?: Have visited before/have been here before
Question/Comment: How does dino poo become fossilized when other soft tissues and the likes are subject to decay? What kind of diagenetic processes are involved? (thanks)/ Sorry another question.. how did the Wessex marls get their different colours? I understand theyre ancient waterlogged soils, but what processes cause the distinctive colours? thanx

Firstly, I would prefer it if you e-mailed me with these sorts of questions, as they can be a bit complex to answer.

Coprolites are preserved under special curcumstances, such as rapid burial or falling into an environment in which no scavenging organisms are present. sometimes, the content of the coprolite is sturdy enough to be preserved. They tend to be rare in the Wealden, but one or two are known.

The colour differences between the beds is due to the conditions they were under prior to burial. The grey beds were anoxic, with early sulphide reduction taking place. this in turn leads to a low Fe value, less than 2%. Sulphide ions are abundant, due to the equally abundant organic material, such as wood. The red beds were much dryer, and are actually iron rich, with haematite being concentrated within the clay particles, causing the red colour.

I hope this is helpful, and that you get your essay in on time. DW

Name: cathy
Occupation: student
Location: IW
E-mail: cathyadamou@aol.com
Where did you hear about DinoWight?: regular visitor
Question/Comment: no question, just wanted to say thanks for answering the last two!

Don't mention it. DW

Name: Martill
Occupation: Palaeontologist
Location: Portsmouth
E-mail: david.martill@port.ac.uk
Question/Comment: Nice article on the Caulkicephalus

Thanks Dave . DW


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