a period of stasis, The Virtual Fossil Museum (VFM) is radiating.
Equilibrium is being punctuated by a plethora of selective pressures,
not the least of which is an eclectic coterie of contributors.
Amateurs and pros, doctors and sanitary engineers have put the
lonely webmaster months behind the content. Natural selection
will also result in metamorphosis of some sections, and evolutionary
convergence of styles in other sections.
constancy will be the ever-growing inventory of fine pictures
of fine fossils that even the makers of this site drool over.
Moreover, based on popular request, actually perpetual prodigious
numbers of requests, the VFM added a large image section during
2005, and will continue to get and add large images whenever possible.
also decided, since we are after all a grass roots and ad hoc
undertaking by an all-volunteer consortium, to let most sections
be available as they are being built, revised, edited and augmented;
this makes the site easier to build and edit, when all can see
it as it evolves.
the last six months of 2005, the VFM had nearly 3000 visits per
day during weekdays, some two-thirds from students from elementary
school, high school, and undergraduate college, as best can be
determined from the server statistics data. The website is integrated
into curricula at many schools. As of early January, 2006, there
were images of more than 400 fossils awaiting addition to the
site; thus, 2006 will be another year of growth for the VFM.
- the Webmaster
a list of the fossil museum contributors:
Mike and Gwynn Shafer
Dan Damrow, paleontologist
Glen and Barb Rockers
Arkadiy Alexandrovich, paleontologist
Mary Lou Browning
Rick and Tanya Hebdon
Kong Li, Ph. D.
Sam Gon III, Ph.D.
Ramblin Ralph Cooper, Geologist
Dr. Alexei Kouprianov, Entomologist
Alf Behrens, Geologist
Robert E. Woodruff, Ph.D., Taxonomist Emeritus