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Re: Laws on fossil collecting

In a message dated 6/5/01 4:37:38 PM Pacific Daylight Time, ilja@mac.com 

<< In some countries (e.g., Italy), all 
vertebrate fossil remains are treated like antropological remains (and 
subsequently disappear into dark museum drawers), in others there is no 
legislature at all. >>

       The museum drawers may be dark, Ilja, but the fossils do NOT 
disappear. Although specimens like a certain Archaeopteryx do become AWOL 
from private collections, treasures like the Berlin specimen that Heilmann so 
brilliantly delineated remain safe in their comfortable and safe, albeit 
dark, museum homes where they should be. DV