Fossil News - Journal of Avocational Paleontology was founded in January, 1995 by amateur paleontologist Joe Small from Seattle. It grew out of the Bone Bug Journal, which had been Joe's way of keeping interested friends and relatives informed about how much fun he was having on his field adventures. Joe published Fossil News from 1995 through early 1998, when other obligations forced him to give up the magazine. During that time, Fossil News grew to be the premier publication in the English-speaking amateur paleontological community, with subscribers in all 50 US states and almost two dozen foreign countries.

Transfer of ownership of Fossil News to Lynne Clos was completed in September, 1998. Lynne had been one of FN's regular contributors and a degreed paleontologist with extensive journalistic experience. She strives to keep FN on the cutting edge of paleontological developments as well as a friendly forum in which other amateurs can share their ideas and experiences. Fossil News welcomes unsolicited contributions on all aspects of paleontology in an effort to encourage the sharing and dissemination of information to erudite paleophiles and weekend rockhounds alike.

Fossil News currently is made up of a volunteer staff of one editor-in-chief, three contributing editors, and several regular writers. We'd love to have YOU join us! Contact information is on the home page.


Editor-in-chief Lynne M. Clos threw in the towel on a corporate career as a mechanical engineer to pursue a lifelong interest in fossils. Returning to graduate school at age 31, she earned a master's degree in museum studies from the University of Colorado with a specialization in vertebrate paleontology. Her thesis was on Miocene varanid lizards from Africa, and she is particularly interested in lower vertebrates and cycads. She has been active in paleontology in the Denver, Colorado area for over 20 years, and has extensive experience in technical, journalistic, and creative writing.

Lynne's book, Field Adventures in Paleontology -- a compilation of the popular articles on her personal website, expanded and with new adventures added -- was published in 2003. Find out what field paleontology is really like! Her second book focuses on the paleontological history of North America.


Contributing Editor Sally Day (left) and her daughter, Rebecca, have long shared an interest in creative writing and over the past few years, for dinosaurs and fossils as well. When not working for the Postal Service, Sally is a free-lance writer, specializing in paleontology. Her passion is traveling to many places -- including Africa -- in search of fossils and interesting material to write about. Rebecca, her mom's "right hand man" when it comes to creative ideas, works for Boeing Commercial Aircraft Group and is currently pursuing a career in photography and color printing.


Contributing Editor Allen Debus was born in the cold-blooded dinosaur era, and his fascination for "paleo-art" and vertebrate paleontology is reflected in a book he coauthored with Bob Morales and Diane Debus in 1995 entitled Dinosaur Sculpting: A Complete Beginner's Guide. His one-of-a-kind book, Paleoimagery, is now available, and his newest book, Dinosaurs in Fantastic Fiction, has recently been published. Allen is a talented dinosaur sculptor himself, owning Hell Creek Creations. Lured into paleontology through youthful fossil hunting experiences and geology courses, he instead chose a career in environmental chemistry. Besides Fossil News, he has written paleontology articles for fifteen other publications including The Dinosaur Report, The UK Dinosaur Society's Quarterly, and Earth Sciences History. In 1996, Allen became a founding editor of the journal Dinosaur World. Allen, his "dino-mate" Diane and their two daughters Kristen & Lisa live in Hanover Park, Illinois.


Contributing Editor LeGrand Smith, a retired minister of the United Methodist Church, found science and delight exploring outcroppings in Bolivia, Argentina, and New Mexico. Placed in the hands of experts, his collections have been used in a dozen professional publications, have blessed him with four namesakes, and honored him with the Strimple Award for Amateur Paleontologists (1998). His associates in the North Carolina Fossil Club got him started writing about these experiences. His specialty is trilobites of the Calmoniid family, which are known only from Gondwana in the southern hemisphere.


Marc Behrendt resides in Somerset, Ohio, where he is a work-at-home dad who does fossil preparation while not chasing after his young daughter. He writes the "Feature Fossil" column for FN, which focuses on a particularly fine specimen each month. He has collected extensively in the Midwest and West and is interested primarily in marine invertebrates. His Marc Behrendt Fossil Preparation website contains useful info on preparing fossils as well as interesting accounts of some of his experiences.


Steve Brusatte, a resident of Ottawa, Illinois, graduated in 2006 with a B.S. in geophysical sciences from the University of Chicago. He earned an MSc at the University of Bristol in the UK on a Marshall Scholarship, and is currently working at the American Museum of Natural History in New York while pursuing his PhD. Steve's scientific research focuses primarily on theropod dinosaur evolution, especially allosauroids, tyrannosauroids, and abelisaurids, and he has done fieldwork in Tibet, Italy, Mexico, and across the western US. He has a passion for writing, and has authored several scientific papers as well as over 100 general-interest articles in Fossil News, Prehistoric Times, Dinosaur World, Dino Press, and other avocational magazines. Steve's first book, Stately Fossils: A Comprehensive Look at the State Fossils and Other Official Fossils, was published by Fossil News in September, 2002, and he has recently published a large volume on Dinosaurs with Michael Benton as well as a Field Guide to Dinosaurs for younger readers..


The two people swallowed by the shark are Nando Musmarra and Diana Fattori. They live in Rome, Italy. Nando did classical and political studies, and when not working in the garage business, he cultivates a big interest in photography, the GPS device, cooking and dinosaur tracks. Diana got a university degree in Chinese culture. She is a home decorator, loves arts, music and eating what Nando cooks. They both love travelling around the world looking for adventure and fossils, expecially shark teeth and Cambrian stuff.


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