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Re: Move to stop "illegal" fossil acquisitions in Japan
Gee, I wonder what they would say about the Burgess material in these same
collections? I know of a few museums in Japan who have purchased Burgess
material from dealers in Tucson.
> From: MKIRKALDY@aol.com
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Move to stop "illegal" fossil acquisitions in Japan
> Date: Tuesday, July 28, 1998 2:59 PM
> The Kyodo News Service is reporting that the Education Ministry wants
> Japan's science museums "not to go against laws of origin countries
> when gathering exhibits such as fossils" even though the purchase
> and possession of the fossils is not against Japanese laws.
> "The ministry's call followed the revelation that at least five public
> museums in Japan hold _Confuciusornis sanctus_ Chinese bird fossils
> despite Beijing's ban on their export..."
> "Officials at museums in Ibaraki, Aichi, Osaka, Tottori and Okayama
> prefectures said earlier this month that the museums bought the
> Confuciusornis sanctus fossils from fossil dealers who gave
> assurances the purchases were legitimate."
> "Chinese government export permission documents were not attached
> to any of the fossils, however."