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Balkan endemic kidney disease surfaced in the 1950s and for decades defied attempts to finger the cause. It occurred...
The Pyrenean ibex, an impressive mountain goat that lived in the central Pyrenees in Spain, went extinct in 2000. But a...
Tight budgets are forcing NASA to consider turning off one or more planetary science projects that have completed their...
Ebola is not a stranger to West Africa—an outbreak in the 1990s killed chimpanzees and sickened one researcher. But the...
In an as-yet-unpublished report, an international panel of geoscientists has concluded that a pair of deadly...
Tropical disease experts tried and failed before to eradicate yaws, a rare disfiguring disease of poor countries. Now,...
Since 2002, researchers have reported that agricultural communities in the hot and humid Pacific Coast of Central...
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Rescheduled Live Chat: Should Dinosaur Fossils Be Sold on the Open Market?
24 January 2014 11:30 am
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Commercial fossil collectors once worked hand in hand with academic paleontologists, selling important finds to museums and universities for research collections. In November, however, the two groups clashed, as commercial collectors placed legally excavated and scientifically important specimens up for public auction.
The asking price for one major dinosaur specimen exceeded $5.5 million—more than most recession-hit museums could afford. The specimen went unsold, but the event raised many questions. Should commercial collectors be permitted to sell important fossils? Should the American government protect all significant fossils for scientific research? And what impact does the legal fossil trade have on science?
Join us for a live video chat with dinosaur experts as we discuss how the commercial fossil trade impacts science.