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Re: Dinosaur Wars in Smithsonian magazine

I've wondered how the Tinker juvenile T. rex, hyped by the fossil finder  Ron 
Frithiof with additional hyperbole provided by Dr. Bakker, resulted in a  
whopping $8.5 million offer from the Children's Museum of Indianapolis.   Who 
engineered this sweetheart deal? Most of the fossil was still in the  ground.
Mary Kirkaldy

In a message dated 3/21/2009 2:07:24 P.M.  Eastern Daylight Time, 
danchure@easilink.com writes:
"Dinosaur Wars" is the  cover story for the April 2009 issue of 
Smithsonian Magazine. This is a  longer piece on commercial and illegal 
collecting of vertebrate fossils,  Hollywood stars who are big collectors 
of fossils, etc.

Notable  quote:
"The real action, however, is in the big vertebrates: dinosaurs that  
roamed the earth between 65 million and 220 million years ago. These are  
the specimens attracting the high rollersâserious collectors. Actors  
Harrison Ford and Nicolas Cage, for example, are rumored to have  
impressive collections."

It is available on-line  at:


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