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> Had they been banned, they
>>would have been sold somewhere else. After all if the GSA confiscated them,
>>it would be stealing!!!
>And if FWS confiscates illegally-sold crocodiles from pet dealers, is that
>also stealing? Or how about when the cops confiscate a stolen car?
A point of clarification, ladies and gentlemen. I never said that GSA
should have confiscated the fossils for sale at the meeting. When I wrote
to the GSA president, I merely pointed out that SVP and the Paleontological
Society (affiliated societies with GSA) have publicly-available ethics
statements opposing the commercialization of scientifically-important
fossil resources. I found it unfortunate that GSA would allow activities
opposed by at least two affiliated organizations at its national meeting.
Christopher A. Brochu
Department of Geology
1400 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605