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In a message dated 11/16/00 9:22:01 AM, email@example.com writes:
<< The circumstances under which "Bambiraptor" and other
specimens are collected raise serious ethical questions for
many paleontologists. A number of prominent paleontologists
refused to attend the Florida conference, even after repeated
entreaty, because they had questions about the ethics of
celebrating commercially collected specimens of uncertain
provenience and ownership. >>
In other words, they think that only THEY should be allowed to dig fossils.
If it wasn't for amateurs and commercial interests, there wouldn't have BEEN
any paleontology. Cope and Marsh were commercial collectors and everything
they dug up were commercially collected specimens.
If you have fossils that are worthy of study, don't boycott, STUDY!