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Re: destruction of fossils

Of course, it remains to be seen how high that will be on the list of priorities should any actual fighting occur, especially when adversaries know that they're supposed to be safe within museums, etc. I'm skeptical about such rules. Generally, I think it's pretty much impossible to anticipate and counteract the kind of destruction that took place in central Europe in WW2. Let's not do that again and we'll all be fine...


On Friday, June 1, 2001, at 03:11 PM, Bartlema, Lauri, L. wrote:

I believe that American troops are told to try NOT to destroy any museums,
places of worship, or "national monument" type structures. I don't know if
any other countries follow this rule.

Lauri L. Bartlema
Curatorial Assistant
Directorate of Environment
Fort Bliss, Texas
(915) 568-7015

-----Original Message----- From: ekaterina amalitzkaya [mailto:eamalitz@hotmail.com] Sent: Thursday May 31, 2001 4:55 PM To: dinosaur@usc.edu Subject: destruction of fossils

The fate of Ernst Stromer's finds suggests that some concerted action should

be taken by paleotologists and countries to prevent destruction of the
fossils in wars that will be fought in the future. Given that at when these
wars are foughts the current alliances and boundaries of the countries may
be different, the fossils should get some redcross like status. On the
occassion of war they should be shifted to a neutral territory and such
transportation vehicles should not be attacked at any cost. There may be
very many variants on this but is there any unified resolution on this
matter on part of the professionals??

I would like to know if yes?
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