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Re: UPDATE: Nest saved from auction house
I have problems with this nest auction/rescue. See:
for naming names of the shipper and collector.
In news stories before the auction, Gerald Grellet-Tinner, Xing Lida and
Wang Xiaolin appealed to Bonhams & Butterfields not to auction the specimen,
because it was almost certainly smuggled out of China. " 'To have a wonderful
complete nest like this is amazing,' said Thomas Lindgren, director of the
natural history division at Bonhams." Bonhams went ahead with the sale and
issued statements on the sale amount.
Did Customs agents recover the egg that had been removed from the nest for
"The Cretaceous-era dinosaur nest was unearthed in the southern Chinese
province of Guangdong in 1984 and has been privately sold in Asia. In 2003, an
American collector on the East Coast bought the nest and restored it to museum
quality." ... "Lindgren said the collector's son has been examining the nest
as part of his graduate thesis and is preparing a scientific paper for
publication next year."
This conflicts with information in the original USA Today article at:
"Lindgren said the collector did not have a contact in the museum world and
had hoped that by auctioning the dinosaur nest, it may one day end up in a
museum." The collector was the one who restored it to museum quality; his
who was writing a graduate thesis, had never been to a museum?
and the original story at:
"Tens of thousands of dollars have been spent on scientific preparation and
studies to determine exactly which of the six to eight known species of small
raptor is represented by the eggs in the nest. That will be revealed in an
academic paper now being prepared for publication next year."
An academic paper on a specimen prepared scientifically by someone who had
no contacts with museums, on a specimen that was illegally exported from
----- Original Message -----
From: "Brian Baziak" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, February 16, 2007 5:22 PM
> The eggs were found in Guandong province, China, in 1984, shipped to
> and then shipped to a Florida collector in 2004.
> Well score one for science I guess.