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The Fossil Wiki's goal is to compile the sum of all human knowledge relating to paleontology and fossils into a Web-based, free content encyclopedia that anyone and everyone can contribute to. You can help complete this goal by contributing to the Fossil Wiki in the ways that follow. First, before the actual editing, here a few tips on how to make your editing experience more comfortable. Go to your preferences once you have logged in, and select the skin tab and click on Wikipedia's Monobook skin. This will allow for a much better editing experience with no ads for logged in users using this skin.

Create an accountEdit

You do not have to log in to read the Fossil Wiki. You do not have to log in even to edit articles on the Fossil Wiki. Just about anyone can edit almost any article at any given time, even without logging in. However, creating an account is quick and free and provides several benefits.

What you can doEdit

ArticlesEdit

It is not necessary to be a specialist in some arcane subfield of paleontology (although if you are that is good, too!) Here are some of things you can do to help:

Articles make up the bulk of the Fossil Wiki. The ultimate goal of each article is to reach featured article status. Choose a category you know about, or one you are interested in. Choose an article and try to get the article to match the featured article criteria, and then make it a featured article candidate.

  • Contributing sourced material
  • Reporting and removing link spam and or vandalism
  • Checking the accuracy of material others have submitted or copied over
  • Copying (with or without editing) material over from Palaeos com (attribution template is {{Palaeos}}).
  • Copying (again with or without editing) relevant material from Wikipedia (attribution template is {{Wikipedia}}).
  • Contributing graphic images
  • Suggestions for design, layout, etc.
  • Wikifying (adding wiki format, wiki links, etc. to other topics - see the help page for how to do this)
  • Proofreading and spell- and grammar-checking
  • Adding links, and checking that current links to other sites are valid
  • Adding bibliographies, references, etc.
  • Designing or adding navigation menus

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