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Magdalena Koziol, a former postdoc at Yale University, was the victim of scientific sabotage. Now, she is suing the...
Antiretroviral drugs can protect people from becoming infected by HIV. But so-called pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP...
Two studies show that eating a diet low in protein and high in carbohydrates is linked to a longer, healthier life, and...
Considered an icon of conservation science, researchers at World Wildlife Fund (WWF) headquarters in Washington, D.C.,...
The new atlas, which shows the distribution of important trace metals and other substances, is the first product of...
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Since 2000, U.S. government health research agencies have spent almost $1 billion on an effort to churn out thousands...
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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.