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Re: Fossil auctions

where would the funds come from to pay professional collectors that is
somewhat lacking NOW to pay professional institutuons to collect the
same fossils?

-Betty Cunningham

Jim Wyatt wrote:
> Food for thought....
> An alternative would be to actually pay professional collectors to excavate
> and place the material in a national clearing house where academic and
> professional institutions could draw on material they need for research.
> Cost to the school or museum would be limited to the cost of excavation. If
> federal funding as well as private funding were made available this amount
> could be reduced to below the actual cost of any one single excavation.
> One scenario would be where a contracted professional collector would paid
> to remove specific specimens from Toadstool National Park each season. Then
> certified academic or museum institutions could conduct a computer search of
> the clearing house listings and requisition specimens they need for research
> or display. No actual ownership would be assigned and the specimens would
> remain the property of the federal government. Preparation would be left to
> the individual institutions. This could be applied to all protected lands,
> BLM, state and federal parks.
> Any thoughts.....
> Jim Wyatt
> docpaleo@gte.net
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Danvarner@aol.com <Danvarner@aol.com>
> To: Philidor11@aol.com <Philidor11@aol.com>
> Cc: dinosaur@usc.edu <dinosaur@usc.edu>
> Date: Thursday, October 01, 1998 11:37 AM
> Subject: 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.
> >