On the subject of Chinese criminals being executed for stealing state fossils, and the feeling that all the lists and stolen fossils in the world are not worth a single human life, it is worth remembering that calculations of the financial value of a life are, and have to be, made regularly. They're just not reported very often since it's difficult for a public figure to do so and sound good. I for example, may be worth up to about £100,000 to my National Health Service; certainly not much more, and rightly so.
Any time public money, or any money, is spent, a decision has been made not to spend it on something else. Of course, a life in the third world could easily be saved for £1000 - so next time you go to see, say, $18,000,000 worth of fossil dinosaur, you will be entitled to ask yourself "Is it just the Chinese, or have WE made a decision to sacrifice the equivalent of a small town for this?"
Why do we study dinos instead of saving lives? Because we place a high value on our knowledge of them. The points of delivery of this knowledge are through museums, TV programs, and publications - particularly scientific papers. That is one good reason why trusted world experts, when asked to summarise the total knowledge of a particular topic, have a duty to expose all the philosophically tenable views well supported by knowedgeable groups, and not just their own theory and a token alternative.
"Now who's being naive, Kay?"