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Re: Fossil auctions

In a message dated 98-10-01 09:26:31 EDT, you write:

<< I can see
 some logic in a professionally managed dig funded by the product when the
 alternative is the potential finds will be either destroyed by wind and rain
 or grabbed and sold by people who don't care about the context. >>

   If commercial interests get involved, fossils will STILL be destroyed by
wind and rain if they are not commercially viable for them to collect. They
have a bottom line also.
  The dealers have private land in which to collect, as the Natural History
article makes clear. Collecting on public land is an entirely different
matter. Here I refer you to the SVP statement on ethics once again and Jack
Horner's recent book, _Dinosaur Lives_, last chapter. Dan Varner.