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In a message dated 97-10-01 15:24:20 EDT, vonrex@gte.net writes:

<< Well, by that token, why make life restorations of dinosaurs at all?  They
 cannot be verified either.  Nor can most attempts at classification!>>

There's a considerable difference between endless speculation that leads
nowhere and dialogue that establishes the parameters of what is knowable.

<<  It (vertebrate paleontology) has always seemed somewhat like  
 a huge jigsaw puzzle that we're trying to put together to see what the
 picture is- but the catch is not only do we not have all the pieces, not
 only do we have in fact a tiny fraction of the pieces, but also that we
 don't even know how many pieces there are.  But the subject is so
 intriguing that speculation on all levels is something we just can't
 resist.  Whether we get nearer the truth or not. >>

There are clearly no limits to the amount of speculation that may go on about