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Re: The Dinosaur Egg Debate
I know of another type '4' profiteer that provides specimens for
science that would not normally be availible. Whose researches are
funded by the fossils they sell to scientific institutions. Some of
these people are professional amateurs who are dedicated to advancing
the study of palaeontology whilst also making a living out of it.
Many of them live close to the bread line or end up heavily in debt
because of their concern. I believe that certain people should be
rewarded for their efforts. Gone are the days when this museum could
afford to have its own team of collectors paid for by the museum.
Now are the days when such work is 'contracted' or that we rely on
professional amateurs and goodwill.
It is important, though, that a regulatory body is formed that can
look after and protect palaeontological specimens and localities for
all palaeontologists (whatever you wish to classify them as). In
Scotland we have a regulatory body that classifies geological sites
but has no power to protect nor the funding to look after these
sites. I have been trying to lobby public opinion in this country
with limited success so far, but these things take time I guess.
Anyway, lets not brand all commercial dealers with the same brand,
nor all hobbyists either. He who chucks the first fossil...etc,
Curator of Palaeontology
University of Glasgow
Mountains are found in erogenous zones.
(Geological Howlers - ed. WDI Rolfe)