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Q. I'm looking for the journal "Palaeontology"... are you it? A. Simply put no we are not. The journal Palaeontology is produced by The Palaeontology Association and can be access online via Wiley Online Library. Backissues are freely available through the association's website: Q. I have an unidentified fossil... can you help me in identification? A. We recommend you submit a question to Ask a biologist ( along with a picture of the fossil (remember to include a scale and as much information as you can). They have dealt with these kind of requests in the past and have a network of active scientists waiting to help.


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