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Popular Interest Fuels a Dinosaur Research Boom

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Science  13 Nov 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5392, pp. 1246-1247
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5392.1246

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Paleontologists are learning to capitalize on the popularity of dinosaurs, and new discoveries, labs, and exhibits are the result. A new analysis suggests that the number of dinosaur papers is on the rise, and new positions are appearing at a time when other areas of paleontology are barely holding steady. Spectacular fossil discoveries follow one upon the other, including an African specimen with a fish-eating, crocodilelike skull, described on page 1298 of this issue. But despite all the activity, few researchers are flush with funds.