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Re: private collecting
On Sat, 4 Nov 1995, David Brez Carlisle wrote:
> Sure, a museum can buy bones for less than it would take
> to mount an expedition to collect them, but then they are out
> of context.
Additionally, fossil collecting,ike other forms of collectible selling,
is market-driven. This means that one will only be able to obtain those
specimens that are in demand, i.e. those that are "popular" and
well-known amongst the public. Whats the point of paying money for
something you already know a lot about. Granted, each new T. rex tooth
does add something to the existing knowledge base, but if you already
have 100,000 of them, what can you really say about # 100,001?
Collecting not only removes the context of the specimen, but tends to
eliminate from collection and preservation those specimens which the
market is not interested in, but which may be of great scientific value.
So where are your great "savings" to scientific and scholastic institutes?
In order to find out anything new or support /refute current ideas about
specimens in hand, you still have to mount massive investigative
expeditions to fill in the holes "the market" didn't cover.