This story about a pipeline digger cracking through a fossilized dinosaur tail made me wonder: Does handling dinosaur bones make one Tamei?

Lizards are considered Sheratzim, but by and large Sheratzim are "creepy crawling things", so maybe only smaller dinosaurs, especially small, four-legged dinosaurs fit the description. Some claim that dinosaurs were part of an earlier creation that was later destroyed; if so, would small, Sheretz-like dinosaurs even count?

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    This would seem to depend on whether or not fossils are still bones al pi halacha.
    – yoel
    Oct 3 '13 at 17:02
  • @yoel, apropos your comment: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/16769/5
    – Seth J
    Oct 3 '13 at 17:13
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    I don't know how you know what species are sheratzim.
    – Double AA
    Oct 3 '13 at 17:29
  • @DoubleAA, I linked to a post that gave a general list.
    – Seth J
    Oct 3 '13 at 17:31
  • *I don't know how anyone could know what species are sheratzim
    – Double AA
    Oct 3 '13 at 17:36

once an animal carcass has dried it is no longer tamei. see mishna 1 in keilim (bartenura)

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