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> Hi Gang
> This will be a flame raiser but what the hell. I submit that certain fossils
> (and other material) should be national treasures whether it is found on
> public or private land. There is considerable precedence for this approach.
> For example it used to be illegal for a private person in this country to own
> gold. That was changed only a couple of decades ago when we went off the gold
> standard. It is illegal to own a spotted owl, etc etc. It is illegal to own
> ivory that is less than 120 years old or registered when every thing was
> grandfathered a few years ago.
In my country they made it verry simple: everything under 1 meter (in
the ground) is state property