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Re: Chinese peasants battle police over dinosaur fossils
Perhaps you should look at the fact from another (less USAcentric) point of
For example, in Italy ALL fossils are State property.
When local people find fossils on their land and take them, they appropriate
a State property.
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Subject: Re: Chinese peasants battle police over dinosaur fossils
On Nov 28, 2007, at 5:37 AM, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. wrote:
The armed stand-off between the Chinese peasants who discovered the
dinosaur fossils and the government is not unique to China.
Similar conflicts over fossils have occurred recently, for example in
Mexico, between villagers and government and museum officials, and in the
Badlands of South Dakota, between Sioux Indians and the National Park
The history of powerful authorities appropriating valuable fossils
discovered by local people is ancient:
In 560 BC, the Spartans took important fossils away from Greek villagers
The Roman Emperor Augustus plundered fossils from Greek temples for his
imperial museum in Rome
In 1794, Napoleon removed the Maastricht Mosasaur from Holland (the skull
is still on display in Paris).
On Nov 2, I presented a talk ("Whose Bones? Whose Story?") about the
ancient, international history of conflicts over the ownership of
significant fossils at the History of Science Society annual meeting in
Washington DC. I'd be happy to share this paper with any who contact me
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