Taylor, Michael A (Research Associate) (1988) Palaeontological site conservation and the professional collector. Special Papers in Palaeontology (40). pp. 123-134. ISSN 0038-6804

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Professional (i.e. commercial) fossil xollectors can and do use sites responsibly. They benefit palaeontology by finding new fossils. Control of this collecting is counterproductive on eroding coasts and new exposures opened up by such collectors. Irresponsible professional collectors are not a major cause of damage compared to other collectors, quarry infilling, and coastal defences. The trade in fossils is not unethical and has many benefits, such as increasing public appreciation of fossils, and the readier availability of genuine specimens. This may help to overcome the financial devaluation of fossils and its unfortunate results for museums and geological sites. The work of professional collectors raises the broader questions of collecting, the sale of fossils, and the use of sites by the general public, in the context of palaeontological site management.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The use and conservation of Palaeontological sites paper presented at meeting of Geological Society, the Palaeontological Association, and the Geological Curator's Group 1-2 October 1987
Subjects: Q Science > QE Geology
Theme: Understanding the natural world
Department: Natural Sciences
Depositing User: Ross Anderson
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2013 16:38
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2014 17:57
URI: http://repository.nms.ac.uk/id/eprint/1086

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