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RE: Wyoming Archaeopteryx Becoming An Albatross

As it turns out, there is nothing 'holy' about museums, either.

Nesodactylus is now considered lost.

It was on loan from the AMNH and simply disappeared.

And, without naming names, it was on loan to the University of
California at Berkeley.

How many times have any of you been to a museum only to discover a
specimen is unavailable, possibly for years, because it is in the desk
drawer of some professor? Essentially some specimens in public
collections go private now and then and for extended periods.

Granted, though, the vast majority of specimens are available for public
viewing at museums, but also in private collections, if a proper
reputation is built and friendships are kindled.

David Peters
St. Louis