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[With my responses. And yes, I know that a lot of the entries say they heard about DinoWight from the Author, but Iím allowed to tell people about my site, am I not? DW]

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Name : adam stuart smith

Occupation : palaeostudent

Location : coventry

E-mail : adam_stuart_smith@hotmail.com

Web address : http://www.geocities.com/dinobiscuits/index.html

Question/Comment : I like the smooth look of your site! i have already tried to sign this guestbook but it diddnt seem to work.

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 Name : Jordan Mallon

Occupation : Student

Location : Canada

E-mail : j_mallon@hotmail.com

Web address : http://www.geocities.com/paleoportfolio/

Question/Comment : Neat site! I don't know why no one hasn't yet done something like this before, but it's about time! I'll be sure to come back here often...  

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Name : Trevor Dykes

Occupation : Yes

Location : Nuremberg

E-mail : ktdykes@nexgo.de

Web address : http://home.nexgo.de/ktdykes/tress.htm

Question/Comment : A nicely put together collection of dinosaurs. I didn't know about the Baryonyx finds on the Iow. Not surprisingly, there's some overlap with my on-line Grockle's Guide to Dorset Dinos, which is a much more modest effort. Have fun...

[I get the feeling that more shall be heard of Trevor DykesÖ( See The Dinosauricon guest book) DW]

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Name : Alex

Occupation : bum

Location : Chippenham

Question/Comment : Very good very profesional

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Name : Trevor Dykes

Occupation : Writing guestbook entries

Location : In an attic in Nuremberg

E-mail : ktdykes@nexgo.de

Web address : http://home.nexgo.de/ktdykes/tress.htm

Where did you hear about DinoWight? : The Dinosauricon

Question/Comment : Hello Simon. I followed your advice and contacted the people at Dinosaur Isle. They tell me that, so far, there are no known Mesozoic mammal remains from the IoW. Maybe one day. PS: I'll call back soon. I believe I've found a web site which is even more...

[According to an e-mail from Trevor, he meant to say " more fun than Dinosaurs and their Biscuits. DW]

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Name : Lara Couldwell

Occupation : Palaeobiology student, UCL, London

Location : Kent

E-mail : larajlcouldwell@yahoo.com

Where did you hear about DinoWight? : By the author

Question/Comment : Brilliant!!! What a great idea! A very professinal looking web page, with up to date info, which is accessable to all abilities! Bet Barker and Martill are chuffed!

[To be honest, they havenít heard about it yet, but I shall tell them eventually! DW]

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Name : Sarah Wood

Occupation : English student (so rarely occupied)

Location : Oxford University

Web address : I'm not as clever as Simon and have so far failed to produce a web site!

Where did you hear about DinoWight? : From the author!

Question/Comment : So nice to go to a website which is actually functional, interesting and easy to navigate, instead of having a lot of flashy looking graphics and not a lot else! I really love the pictures. I just wish this had been around when my family went to the Isle...

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Name : Nicholas Gardner

Location : USA

E-mail : n_gardner637@hotmail.com

Web address : http://geocities.com/n_gardner637/

Where did you hear about DinoWight? : Dinosauricon Guest Book

Question/Comment : Eotyrannus wasn't close to dromaeosaurs like Velociraptor. It was a full tyrannosauroidean. Yes, It did have a full manus 3 but It was definitely not a relative of Velociraptor any more than Oviraptor is. Yes, they are close but not that close. Nice Si...

[I have to admit that Iím not the worlds greatest mind when it comes to theropod dinosaurs, as my interests are more ornithopod in nature, but 99% of the information on DinoWight, including all the information on the Eotyrannus page, is from the excellent ĎDinosaurs of the Isle of Wight" by Dave Martill and Darren Naish, both of who wrote the paper describing the holotype and only known specimen. However, I shall check with Darren at the Department, see what he says, and get back to you. Until then, I shall remove the offending comment. DW]

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Name : Jeannie Liddington

Occupation : Boffin

Location : Portsmouth

E-mail : eep90078@port.ac.uk

Where did you hear about DinoWight? : From the creators mouth

Question/Comment: Sorry got to go i have to eat my sandwiches. Ta Ta.

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Name : Trevor Dykes

Occupation : Writing in guestbooks

Location : Nuremberg

E-mail : ktdykes@nexgo.de

Web address : http://home.nexgo.de/ktdykes/meseucaz.htm

Where did you hear about DinoWight? : From a guestbook [silly question! DW]

Question/Comment (Max 30 words): How terrible. The velocoraptor guestbook don't work! Just found some summaries of Darwin's correspondance are on-line. 19,000 of them. On one page. Staggering. I've got three words left so to...

[Ah, ran out of space! Never mind. And for those of you curious as to what raptor page Trevor was talking about, look here! DW]

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Name : McKay

Occupation : who cares

Location : who cares

E-mail : mckayv.admagic@aros.net

Web address :   www.geocities.com/jurassicparks_raptors/velocoraptor.html

Where did you hear about DinoWight? : you signed my guest book

Question/Comment: Hi im the person who made that web about velociraptor i thank you for that i will fix it right away your friend, Mckay age 11

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Name : Caroline

Occupation : lazy student

Location : in my sleeping bag

Where did you hear about DinoWight? : from adam

Question/Comment: this site is really, really good! it must've taken you ages. i am a little worried about the iow mafia, do they wear red headscarves?

[No, they look like everybody else DW]

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Name : Adam stuart smith

Occupation : student

Location : Portsmouth

E-mail : dinobiscuits@yahoo.co.uk

Web address :    its new!!! (and v emptyat the mo): http://www.geocities.com/sea_saur

Where did you hear about DinoWight? : dinowight? whats that?

Question/Comment: i see the sauropod pages have arrived. well done Simon. (the images seem very similar though! compare _Chondrosteosaurus_ with _pleurocoelus_ it makes me laugh).

[Ah! You noticed my cunning ploy! Well, as most of the sauropods on the Isle of Wight are either brachiosaurs, titanosaurs or camarasaurs, I only did three sauropod pictures, and did some a different colour (I did the same thing with the theropods, except for Neovenator, Baryonyx and Eotyrannus. This was not an error, just a time saving exercise. You can send in your own pictures if you want to though (see contributions) DW]

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Name :   Trevor Dykes

Occupation :   Paleobook-keeping

Location :   Nuremberg

E-mail :   ktdykes@nexgo.de

Web address :   http://home.nexgo.de/ktdykes/tress.htm

Where did you hear about DinoWight? : From a link on this amazing site about Dinozors o' Dorzet

Question/Comment: Update on Dorset Dinosauria. Total now eight, Metriacanthosaurus. Mesozoic Mammalia of the county presently 15, unless I've overlooked any.

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Name : Adam Stuart Smith

Occupation : Student

Location : Library

E-mail : dinobiscuits@yahoo.co.uk

Web address : www.geocities.com/Sea_saur

Where did you hear about DinoWight? : dinowhat? [Oh, very amusing!- DW]

Question/Comment (Max 30 words) : How about a friendly link to my new site, i am happy to return the favour?! {if you enter a dinowight page from a search engine, the list on the left isn't there, Disaster? Adam

[A link will appear when your site is a bit more complete and all the links work, so for now will the one above do? And as for the menu bar not appearing at the side when you access DinoWight from a search engine- I know, it is disastrous, but if people know what they are looking for, then they will find all that they need on the page that they access(Hopefully!) DW]

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Name : Mark Davis

Occupation : Physiology and Biochemistry student/ John Lewis slave

Location : Wiltshire / Reading / Bristol

E-mail : sau99mjd@reading.ac.uk

Where did you hear about DinoWight? : From the author himself

Question/Comment (Max 30 words) : What a website! Must have taken ages. I don't pretent to know anything aboout dinosours.... but could you do one on bacteria????

[Much as I would love to do a website about Bacteria, Iím afraid that they are not only too numerous for me to research, but they are also incredibly uninteresting, so I would find it hard to care enough to finish the job. Why donít you do one though, and make it part of your course work. You can even put it on your CV! DW]

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Name : PalaeoWeb aka Grim Styles

Occupation : Occupationally Challenged Palaeobiology Graduate

Location : Lingfield, Surrey

E-mail : palaeoweb@yahoo.com

Web address : http://www.geocities.com/palaeoweb/index.html

Where did you hear about DinoWight? : Geocities Memberpages

Question/Comment : Greetings to another Portsmouthologist (Me, I graduated last year..)Nice to see the Pompey Palaeo Crew making a concerted attack on the internet. Drop me a line on email and/or get Yahoo! Messenger (ID = palaeoweb). Mutual linking may be good when both ou...

[One day Portsmouth Palaeontologists will rule the internet, one day!!! DW]

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Name : Jimmy

Where did you hear about DinoWight? : On the directory of most rubbish dinosaur sites

Question/Comment : What a rubbish website.

[Direct and to the point, if not a little vague. Still, everybody is entitled to his or her own opinion, even if it is WRONG! Never mind, nice to hear from the minority... DW]

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Name : Richard

Question/Comment : Nice site! You could try getting one without those terrible pop up ads and banners. There are hundreds of free web hosts like geocities out there that don't force banners onto people's pages. IE. www.brinkster.com You really shouldn't spoil a goo...

[I may consider it, unless I can get someone to pay for it and get me the address www.dinowight.com! DW]

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Name : Trevor Dykes

Occupation : Nuremberg was occupied by the Americans

Location : Nuremberg

E-mail : ktdykes@nexco.de

Web address : http://home.nexgo.de/ktdykes/meseucaz.htm

Where did you hear about DinoWight? : I read about it in the Guardian [REALLY! DW]

Question/Comment (Max 30 words) : I've just looked at Pedros's guestbook. My message is first. Second comes Mr Adam. Third yourself, Mr Simon. Between the three of us, did we say anything sensible?

[Possibly not. Never mind, thatís what guest book generally are for! Still, he did write back and thank me for my comments, so there must have been something! DW]

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 Name : K.Waters

Occupation : Geologist

Location : Liverpool England

E-mail : Es0u80ee@liv.ac.uk

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Name : Mark

Occupation : Dino Hunter

Location : Australia and USA

E-mail : reddog@iinet.net.au

Web address : www.judithriver.com

Where did you hear about DinoWight? : Google web search

Question/Comment (Max 30 words) : thanks guys! Great resource for a visitor. Content and links great, I'm off down there tomorrow!

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Name : Pedro Andrade

Occupation : student

Location : Portugal

E-mail : pedroalexandr25@hotmail.com

Web address : http://www.geocities.com/dinosauria_pt/Home

Where did you hear about DinoWight? : The Dinosauricon

Question/Comment (Max 30 words) : This page is very well done. I didn't knew the Isle of Wight before visiting this page, and now I know it's an isle full of fossiles. Keep the work.

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Name : Darren Naish

Occupation : palaeontologist

Location : University of Portsmouth

E-mail : darren.naish@port.ac.uk

Where did you hear about DinoWight? : My good pal Mr Martin Simpson, member of the IoW mafia

Question/Comment (Max 30 words) : Nice to see most of the info from _Dinosaurs of the Isle of Wight_ nicked - will be following up legal proceedings in due course. Loved the bit about IoW mafia - excellent. And IoW Wealden mammals are known, just not from much. Why nothing on IoW stegosau...

[Hello Darren, wondered when youíd turn up! I sincerely hope that you are joking, as I donít have a bean. As for the Stegosaur, well, to be honest, I canít draw stegosaurs. I can get the body right, but itís those plates, with all their complexity, that really foxes me. Anyway, if you have any real problem with me using the information from yours and Daveís book, then E-mail me (dinowight@yahoo.co.uk), and Iíll sort it out. DW]

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Name : Trevor Dykes

Occupation : non Paleontologist not from Portsmouth

Location : But I have been to Portsmouth

E-mail : ktdykes@arcor.de

Web address : http://home.nexgo.de/ktdykes/meseucaz.htm

Where did you hear about DinoWight? : Hear about what?

Question/Comment (Max 30 words) : There are some IoW LK [Lower Cretaceous, DW] mammal finds! Darren Naish told me. Teeth found twenty years ago. One's a multituberculate, Loxaulax, also known from Sussex and Wyoming. The others weren't identifiable.

[Yes, Darren mentioned it in the message above yours. Strange Dinosaur Isle knew nothing about it when you contacted them though... DW]

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Name : Fred Clouter

Occupation : Artist

Location : Sheppey, Kent

E-mail : Fclouter@sheppeyfossils.com

Web address : www.sheppeyfossils.com

Where did you hear about DinoWight? : found it by surfing

Question/Comment (Max 30 words) : Great site, thanks?

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Name : Denver Fowler

Occupation : palaeo-type-guy

Location : USA (these days)

E-mail : df9465@hotmail.com

Where did you hear about DinoWight? : randomly trawling through google

Question/Comment (Max 30 words) : Best site on IOW dinos yet encountered! Could do with some photos maybe. The IOW mafia? 'Can't say I've had any trouble. Neat logo though.

[Photos will appear in due time, when I can get them, and the IoW mafia are generally a friendly lot, so Iím not surprised youíve had no trouble. Itís just the occasional bad apple who ruins it for the rest. Glad you like the logo! DW]

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Name : Charles Clark

Occupation : Student

Location : England

E-mail : Ennersdale@talk21.com

Where did you hear about DinoWight? : seach engine

Question/Comment (Max 30 words) : I think you will find that the person was called Barry walker dicovered the claw NOT william walker. Because i met him and held the claw so i should know.

[Barry walker? Oh, I see, as in Barryonyx Walkeri, very clever! Are you sure, as all of the literature calls him William, or Bill, plus the actual claw, held within the collections of the Natural History Museum, London, is stored in a large box with "do not touch" written all over it? (How do I know? Iíve seen it on one of my visits to the sub-basement (itís actually in its own drawer, whereas all the other bits are labelled "Baryonyx ungual", or whatever, itís labelled "The Claw"!) So, either you are mistaken, and held a copy, or the whole of palaeontological literature is wrong! DW]

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Name : aaron abbott

Location : uk

E-mail : aaron@aaronabbott.co.uk

Web address : http://www.aaronabbott.co.uk

Where did you hear about DinoWight? : ??

Question/Comment (Max 30 words) : i'm coming to the iow in march. i'd love to go dino hunting. where is the best place to go. cheers, nice site.

[As I may have mentioned in the Information section, the best place to go is Brighstone Bay, if youíre looking for dinosaurs, but donít be too upset if you donít find anything impressive. If youíre going by car, then you should be able to find your way with a decent map (look for Atherfield Holiday camp, on Military road), but if you have no car, I think itís either the No 7 or 7a bus, which goes all around the Island, and itís cheaper to get a day-rover ticket (about £7.00- see http://www.svoc.co.uk/ ). Watch out for the tides, though! DW]

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Name : adam stuart smith

Occupation : student

Location : portsmouth

E-mail : adam_stuart_smith@hotmail.com

Web address :    www.geocities.com/sea_saur and www.geocities.com/dinobiscuits

Where did you hear about DinoWight? : hear?

Question/Comment: this site has become huge! congratulations. In time will it expand further? (Palaeowight: the palaeontology of the isle of wight?)Those marine reptiles want a mention, can you here them weep? Or perhaps 'Brachiowight: the brachiopods of the isle of wight'

[At the moment there are no plans for expansion, although eventually there will be some pterosaurs (PteroWight? Naah.) Maybe I could narrow it down, in honour of my most popular page, and devote it to Baryonyx, so then it would be "BaryWight- The Baryonyx of the Isle of Wight" (BaryWight- Barry White. Do you see? Oh, suit yourselfÖ) DW]

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 Name : Claws

Occupation : student microbio

Location : lutonia [a bad town]

E-mail : 99000522@luton.ac.uk

Web address :    erh

Where did you hear about DinoWight? : i found it!

Question/Comment: do you have a pic/drawing of aristosuchus, tibia?+ vert? thanks!

[No. Have you looked in the book Dinosaurs of the Isle of Wight by Martill and Naish (see information)? This should have it. DW]

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Name : lewis richardson

Occupation : school child

Location : uk

E-mail : lewisrichardson10@msn.com

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Name : martin simpson

Occupation : iow mafia p.r.o (Uh-oh! DW)

Location : blackgang chine

E-mail : martinsimpsoniow@hotmail.com

Where did you hear about DinoWight? : from my mate Darren Naish the palaeo-pirate of Pompey

Question/Comment: want a limk on forthcoming site?

[Yes, go on, why not! By the way, no offence about the IoW Mafia thing, itís only meant to show how much you all look out for each other. Oh, hang on, thereís more...DW]

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Name : martin simpson

Occupation : profeshional riter

Location : in the front room

E-mail : martinsimpsoniow@hotmail.com

Where did you hear about DinoWight? : see previous

Question/Comment: excuse my efforts I only got the computer yesterday

[I was about to say ("profeshional riter"?), but I see that youíve got an excuse now. DW]

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Name : Glen Goddard

Occupation : to be Paleontologist

Location : Saffron Walden (near Cambridge)

E-mail : Glengod@hotmail.com

Where did you hear about DinoWight? : Paleo Ring

Question/Comment: Very good website. I'm going to the IOW in easter and will be hunting for Dinosaurs (and all the rest) so it this website was and is helpful.

[Thank you. Itís always nice to hear from future palaeontologists, and to feel that all this hard work has been useful for someone! DW]

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Name : Glen Goddard

Occupation : to be Paleontologist

Location : Saffron Walden (near Cambridge)

E-mail : Glengod@hotmail.com

Where did you hear about DinoWight? : Paleo Ring

Question/Comment: Why have you not included Megalosaurus and Vectisaurus on your web page? I heard they've been found on the Island too.

[Thankyou for your question, and the reason is that Vectisaurus is a synonym (i.e., a member of the same species that was given a different name by an over-zealous palaeontologist) for Iguanodon atherfieldensis, and Megalosaurus material on the Island is most likely Neovenator, as the range for Megalosaurus is Aalenian to Bajocian, in the mid Jurassic, whereas the Wealden is Barremian to Aptian, in the early Cretaceous. DW]

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Name : Adam

Occupation : n/a

Location : porstmouth

E-mail : adam_stuart_smith@hotmail

Web address : See above

Question/Comment : That is one big _Oplosaurus_. Thanks for the plesiosaur pictures that you posted on your top secret page at www.geocities.com/dinowight/images.html

[Yes, they are good, aren't they? So, the concept of secret doesn't ring any bells then? (By the way, there are several secret pages in DinoWight, can you find the rest?) DW]

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Name : Matt Martyniuk

Occupation : Student

Location : New Jersey

E-mail : martyniukm2@scranton.edu

Web address : http://www.azhdarcho.com

Question/Comment: Fantastic site, a wonderful resource for this batch of dinosaurs. Keep up the good work!

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Name : Dave Brockhurst

Occupation : Plant Operator

Location : Bexhill -East Sussex

E-mail : brockhurstfamily@hotmail.com

Web address :    www.geocities.com/davesfossils/photopagerock

Where did you hear about DinoWight? : on the web

Question/Comment: Good site many of the species on the Island are also found here in Bexhill. Most recent find was a Polacanthus

[Well, the Wealden does go up that far, so I'm not surprised. I had heard about a mainland England Polacanthus, but only from a leaflet. I'll try and look it up though! DW]

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Name : Trevor Dykes

Occupation : Unfortunately

Location : On a chair

E-mail : ktdykes@arcor.de

Web address : http://home.arcor.de/ktdykes/meseucaz.htm

Where did you hear about DinoWight? : Through divine intervention (I have friends in High Places! DW)

Question/Comment: According to a fossil guide, fragments of Polacanthus are supposed to have been found in Lyme Bay, Dorset. I'm not sure what exactly, and put this booklet down in a safe place. I wonder where?

[Good Grief! Are these mainland Polacanthus breeding? As to your safely stored booklet, I know the feeling, as I've done something very similar with a paper which contains a very useful dinosaur tracking identification guideÖDW]

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