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Re: Bambiraptor tedium

Here in Canada, the laws are very ambiguous. First off, only surface
collecting is allowed. Permits are needed to dig, like Canada Fossils Inc.
have.  The way I understand the law is, whether they are collected on
private or crown land (read BLM), they are property of the government, but
the individual who finds them is the steward of the fossil. The said steward
should then bring the specimen to an institution, only for it to never see
the light of day again. If it is not very important scientifically, then it
MAY be returned to the steward. Also, I forgot to mention, the private
landowner has no right to fossils collected on his/her property unless
collected by him/herself. If he gives permission, too bad! That is how it
should have went with Sue. I may not be totally correct on the fine print,
but thats how I understand them.
-----Original Message-----
From: Jerry D. Harris <dinogami@hotmail.com>
To: dinosaur@usc.edu <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Date: November 22, 2000 12:35 PM
Subject: Re: Bambiraptor tedium

>Fabio Dalla Vecchia wrote:
>>I know one: Italy.
>>Here all the fossils are State property.
>   Someone with more knowledge than I please pipe in here, but are the laws
>in Canada not similar?  As I understand it, in Canada, all fossils (or
>vertebrates, at least), are considered the property of the government,
>regardless of whether they come from private or public land.  The
>government, however, acknowledges that since it cannot possibly collect and
>reposit every single fossil, allows fossils from private land to be held by
>the land owner until such time that it need be reclaimed for the public
>trust (i.e., turned over to a museum, etc. for study)...?
>Jerry D. Harris
>Dept of Earth & Environmental Science
>University of Pennsylvania
>240 S 33rd St
>Philadelphia PA  19104-6316
>Phone: (215) 573-8373
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>E-mail: jdharris@sas.upenn.edu
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