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Re: Laws on fossil collecting

On Wednesday, June 6, 2001, at 02:26 AM, Danvarner@aol.com wrote:

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

On the other hand, sometimes material may be kept in the drawers for well over a decade before it is finally released to scientific study (e.g., Scipionyx). I wasn't referring to museum drawers, more to those of government institutions.