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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
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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.