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Re: Laws on fossil collecting



On Wed, 06 Jun 2001 11:43:26  
 Dino Guy and Computer Gal wrote:
>Ilja Nieuwland wrote:
>
>> 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.
>
>Reports I read on _Scipionyx_ stated that an amateur fossil collector from
>Italy had dug up _Scipionyx_, but thought it was "just a fossil bird" (!) so
>he left it in a shoe box in his basement for 10 years until he saw "Jurassic
>Park" and it occurred to him that he might have a dinosaur in that box.
>
>Unless these reports were in error, I see this as being quite different from a
>drawer in "a government institution."  In other words, for all those years
>that the specimen was unavailable for scientific study it was in private
>hands, NOT a public research collection.
>
>Correct me if I am mistaken.

No, I think you're correct, judging from what I've read.  However, it is 
amazing that this amateur collector even had permission to collect, as Italy's 
fossil laws are ridiculous (dating from Fascist days).

Steve

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