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Re: The Business of Dinosaurs

Your quite right.I was a high school teacher that wanted to recover 
Oligocene marine fossils for South Carolina museums.My students and I 
built a darkroom to sell pictures, we ran every school dance, every 
concession at every dance, turned out the first yearbooks the school ever 
had and collected a cut off everything. We had $5,000 in the bank all the 
time and bought plaster and chemistry to excavate and prepare fossils ( 
the Charleston Museum taught us how to use them ).In the end, we 
collected three big leatherbacks; 10 whales, including several new genera 
and species, and a few giant sloths from a later deposit. We also found 
ourselves on "That's Incredible"back in 1983 and in the local media 
constantly. After awhile, we pulled in the politicians, WESTVACO 
Corporation ( heavy equipment ), and the Navy as business partners.They 
helped us build a field station.We did what your talking about in a very 
small way, but there's no limit to what you can do using business to 
further your efforts in paleontology.

Stephen Faust                   smfaust@edisto.cofc.edu

On Mon, 21 Apr 1997, Steven S. Lazarus wrote:

> Ladies and Gentlemen,
> The ultimate answer to the paleontological funding problem may lie in the
> business world. Business is alot like evolution itself. Only the strong
> survive and live to reproduce their kind. The Dinosaur Society is populated
> by people who love Dinosaurs. They are not a businessmen/women. If they
> were a business, they could market authentic dinosaur products to children
> and others to compete with the Genereal Mills/Mattel's of the world. And
> then they could allocate their funds toward their beloved ends - the
> advancement of dinosaur science.
> Hold on to your Dilophosaurus's... I am not that naive. You can't just up
> and compete with multi-million dollar company's over night. But you can
> start somewhere. There are plenty of retired businessmen who take on such
> projects as these just for fun. And no doubt a worthy cause would be an
> added perk for someone who is close to the abyss and looking for something
> to do besides trying to get that handicap back down under 20. Some funds
> that normally would go right into paleontology might have to go to start up
> costs for a product but it's a risk that's worth considering when you think
> of the possible long term benefits. How would you like to have millions to
> throw at your science? Who better than you to capitalize on the huge profit
> potential of dinosaurs? there are many, many ways to approach this
> enterprise. You could look for partnerships also. I know that the society
> already does this to a limited degree with their product catalogue. It's a
> start, but it can go alot farther and bigger. They should pursue the
> business angle more aggressively. It's a real big pie! Take your slice and
> put it to the ends of dinosaur science!
> If the society were ultra successful, someday you could hire Spielberg to
> make a "Mesozioc Park" or a "Raptor red" or something akin in the Society's
> vision. On a little bit of a tangent here, I would like to see a dinosaur
> film done with ILM CGI effects with NO DNA-amber plot (NO traditional plot
> of any kind) and NO actors, just PBS-type camera in the wild and I bet it
> would still be a huge blockbuster. This would be very expensive but I'm
> fantasizing now, anyway...
> Is there a business list? If there is maybe someone should do some
> prospecting...