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re: lost fossils, damaged sites
One simple solution to combating some of the damage done to fossil sites by
ignorant hunters is
through education. The Outreach programs which are available through many
Natural History Museums
can make a difference by educating amatures to the importance of using proper
techniques in the
finding and the preservation of fossils. Professional paleontologists need to
share their expertise
with amatures. By stressing the importance of proper handling and cataloging of
fewer fossils and sites would be damaged.
I realize that probably the majority of damage is made by money grubbers who
care more for the money
than they will make than the knowledge that can be gained by the study of these
Unfortunately there will always be these kind of people in this world.
There are many people who just want to be able to hold a fossil and look
closely at the detail
to learn first hand about ancient life on earth. An alternative for some of
these people is to buy high
qualtiy fossil replicas. I work with Skullduggery which manufactures and
sells replicas thru mail order
to people all over the world. Replicas can provide people the opportunity to
study fossils without
adding to the frenzy of the buying and hoarding of original material.
If there is any interest I would love to read what this group thinks about the
selling of replicas.
I feel that it is important that the museum or individual who owns the
original, from which
a replica is made, be paid a royalty for each cast sold. Any comments?