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Re: Laws on fossil collecting

Go for it, Patti!

But, by all means, please let us know how we may help with any grunt work or
moral support.

-= Tuck =-

----- Original Message -----
From: "Patricia Kane-Vanni" <pkv1@erols.com>
To: <ilja@mac.com>; <fabdalla@box1.tin.it>
Cc: <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Friday, June 08, 2001 5:45 PM
Subject: Re: Laws on fossil collecting

>     I agree that this is not a forum for this subject matter so much as an
> opportunity to air the need for such a clearinghouse, book, website or
> whatever.  As stated, I am putting together such information and I will be
> pleased to receive, offline of course, any info anyone would have on their
> own local laws, negotiations, contracts or (mis)understandings, and/or
> anecdotes of  fossil collecting.  In the meantime I will periodically post
> info on state/federal or country laws (on the books) which may be of
> interest, until a better reference source is compiled.
>     As an attorney as well as having professional dealings in the
> paleontological field I am in a unique position and have a unique interest
>     What say you all?
>     Patti
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Ilja Nieuwland" <ilja@mac.com>
> To: <fabdalla@box1.tin.it>
> Cc: <dinosaur@usc.edu>
> Sent: Friday, June 08, 2001 11:40 AM
> Subject: Re: Laws on fossil collecting
> > > I totally agree that this is a place far too public to discuss
> > exploits. I initially laid out the situation in Italy just as an example
> > of the wide variety of European laws on the collection and preservation
> > of fossils, but the discussion is increasingly focusing on the example
> > rather than the problem.
> >
> > The issue is not by any means a theoretical one, knowing your legal way
> > about in the country you (either professionally or in the course of a
> > hobby) are digging fossils can only contribute to the professional
> > standard of paleontology as a whole. I think we should do everything to
> > avoid the sort of distrust three centuries of looting has created in
> > archaeology.
> >
> > Not many paleontologists have the time, interest or expertise to delve
> > into legal issues; therefore, I think a central place of reference could
> > be extremely useful for everyone.
> >
> > Ilja
> >