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Re: The rape of Falcarius

Dear Mary and List,

    I actually worked this site two Summers ago, and reported to the DML
about my experiences. See DML archives, August, 2003. The College of Eastern
Utah has just opened up a second Falcarius site, and is already meeting with
much success.

Prefers PR-2 Cliff
----- Original Message ----- 
From: <mkirkaldy@aol.com>
To: <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, July 20, 2005 9:50 AM
Subject: The rape of Falcarius

> I hope that folks have been following the four-part story in the Salt
> Lake Tribune:
> http://www.sltrib.com/utah/ci_2866024
> http://www.sltrib.com/utah/ci_2867260
> http://www.sltrib.com/utah/ci_2869729
> http://www.sltrib.com/utah/ci_2872027
> ..chronicling the discovery, associated trenches, covert sales,
> intrigue, and jail time linked to the Falcarius bone bed. Note that in
> the second article this type of person is not called an amateur fossil
> collector but a fossil thief. He knew what he was doing was wrong but
> didn't know why? Um, instead of being self taught, maybe he should have
> taken some paleontology classes or volunteered at a museum? Just the
> fact that he had to do his digging at night under a tarp may have given
> him insight into right and wrong.  I cringed at the hole that is shown
> in the first article--smash and grab paleo style.
> Mary