FYI, thanks to 'Sensei for posting the PUI rulings meeting minutes, here's a new ruling: Q. At the beginning of the game, can I start with a Mysterious/Claw/Root Fossil as my Active Pokemon even if I have another "real" pokemon on the bench? A. Yes, you can start with a Fossil Trainer card as your Active Pokemon, at the start of the game.(Oct 2,2003 PUI Rules Team Meeting) Now, that's certainly a change from the past. But, be careful. Don't take the Answer out of context from the Question; otherwise, players might think you can play a Mysterious/Root/Claw Fossil as your ONLY Pokemon, with no other "real" Pokemon on the bench. Or, am I wrong?