Epilogue

or trying to see the edge of the universe. And we're out trying to reconstruct the evolutionary biology of the past—what things were really like on this earth. Fossils are the artifacts that tell us about the history of life. They can help us answer questions we want answered, like "How did I get here?" and "How do I fit into the world?"

And we have a hard time getting funding for looking at these questions. I'm not saying it's unfair. But I do think that what we're doing is just as important as seeing the edge of the universe.

I think children deserve the new information we have, information that I don't see on the exhibits in older museums or in the many children's books and toys whose manufacturers don't bother to consult with scientists.

A group of us dinosaur lovers—scientists, artists, and writers—have gotten together to do something about the lack of funds for dinosaur research and the lack of good information in so many dinosaur products. We've formed a nonprofit organization called the Dinosaur Society. The society takes individual and corporate membership funds and spends them on research and education. It publishes a quarterly newsletter and a monthly paper for kids, sponsors trips and digs for the public, recommends scientifically accurate dinosaur books for kids and adults, helps design toys, and advises and endorses worthwhile dinosaur products.

If you'd like to learn more about dinosaurs and what you can do to help dinosaur science, I urge you to write the Dinosaur Society, P.O. Box 2098, New Bedford, MA 02741.

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