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Betty Cunningham wrote:

> Or the way modern thieves have snatched the footprints of Stegosaur
> or the skulls just recently posted stolen from Russia, or from the
> University of ?Michigan? to fill some private collection since some
> rich person wasn't allowed to BUY what he wanted.

Surely the suggestion here is not that the sale of vertebrate fossils should
be permitted as a deterrant to the theft of vertebrate fossils? Since such
sales are currently legal and such thefts currently occurring, the problem
with this line of reasoning should be fairly obvious.

Caitlin R. Kiernan