The Paleolist FAQ and Posting & Membership Guidelines


The Paleolist is a free fossil mailing list and discussion group administered by and sponsored by With over 500 subscribers from approximately twenty countries, the Paleolist is one of the world's top paleontology discussiong groups.

The Paleolist welcomes posts about all aspects of studying, buying, selling, trading, and collecting fossils. There is no fee or obligation involved in becoming a member, and you can easily unsubscribe at any time. This is a private list, and messages are only received by other members. You must be a member of the Paleolist in order to post messages. To ensure the privacy and security of our members, the List Archives are currently only available to subscribers.

To subscribe to the Paleolist, or to change your membership preferences, go here

We respect your privacy, and we will not give your name or email address to anyone. The complete list of subscribers is available only to the List Administrator.

The Paleolist is open to amateurs and professionals alike, and interested parties with all levels of experience and expertise are warmly encouraged to participate. We are pleased to count among our subscribers the citizens of many different countries, including Argentina, Canada, England, France, Russia, South Africa, Italy and the United States.

About Posting to the List

You must be a subscriber in order to post to the List, or to receive other people's posts.

A copy of each post (including your own) will automatically be sent to you. You may choose to receive posts in a plain or digest format. The plain format forwards a copy of each post to you, as it is made. The digest format forwards a daily compilation of all posts, at one time.

Commercial posts, for sale ads, etc., which are related to fossils are allowed and encouraged (within reason). Please include the word "AD" or similar in the subject header of commercial posts.

Spam, and commercial posts which are not related to fossils or paleontology are not allowed and not tolerated.

Members are requested not to send any type of attachments with their posts (JPEGs, GIFs, .exe files, .wav files, or similar). If you wish to share images with the list, upload them to a web page, and then post the appropriate URL to the List.

Please be courteous and respectful to your fellow Paleolist members.

All List members are warmly encouraged to post questions, opinions, fossil collecting tips, book recommendations and anything else that may be of interest to fellow subscribers. Please keep your posts related to fossils and paleontology.

Other than that, we like to keep rules and regulations to an absolute minimum!

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