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Re: "Cleaning up the Burke Museum"
If a prosecution is sought (not a given, BTW), it will make the second
high-profile case within the last couple years. The first was of a
commercial collector (remember the _Falcarius utahensis_ mining
operation in Utah?), and now this one, of a professional paleontologist
flagrantly ignoring the permitting process.
I also note that amateur collectors have not made the police blotter in
recent years. This is not due to the laws, but rather to the
light-handed, ethical way in which most amateurs collect.
(yeah yeah, I'll take my little agenda back to vrtpaleo)
On Wed, 25 Jan 2006 09:05:07 -0700 Michael Schmidt
> Pretty sad....it will just be very interesting to see whether they
> send the
> National Guard after "Prof" Rensberger and prosecute him with the
> zeal that
> academics want the authorities to prosecute illegal private
> collectors with.
> If I understand the article properly, this man committed (at least)
> felony by trading material from a national park, but he also
> collected material on his digs in Wyoming,.....getting permits for
> only 5% of them.
> I wonder how long it will be before he is arrested???? This should
> be very
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> > -Mary
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> > Subject: paleonet Re: Cleaning up the Burke Museum
> > It is with sadness but relief that I can report that the
> University of
> > Washington has finally dealt with the long rumored improprieties
> > the Vertebrate Paleontology collection at the University of
> Washington. I
> > first alerted the University of perceived problems in 1989, but
> > late than never, although the personal cost along the way was
> high. The
> > website with the report on the collection and a news article can
> be found
> > at:
> > http://www.seattleweekly.com/news/0604/burke.php
> > Professor Peter D Ward
> > Dept of Biology
> > The University of Washington
> > Seattle, 98195
> > 206-543-2962 ( Office )
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