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The Dinosaur Dealers : Mission: to uncover international fossil smuggling - John Long

The Dinosaur Dealers

Mission: to uncover international fossil smuggling

By: John Long

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Published: 21st December 2012
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These days the sale of a dinosaur fossil for millions of dollars seems to take precedence over what scientific information may have been lost by its crude excavation, or even whether it will end up in a proper museum to be cared for and preserved for all time...In October 1996 rare dinosaur footprints were stolen from an isolated beach near Broome in Western Australia. Not only was the scientific world horrified by the theft, but it was also a violation of an Aboriginal sacred site. In an attempt to recover the stolen footprints, Australian palaeontologist John Long teams up with specialist US fossil cop Sgt Steve Rogers. Their hunt for the missing fossils will take them around Australia and on to Europe and the United States...Together they explore the secretive world of international fossil trade and visit the world's largest fossil trade show, where dinosaur dealers offer priceless scientific treasures for thousands of dollars. While undercover, Long and Rogers interview shonky dealers with criminal backgrounds, exposing the illegal world of fossil poaching and smuggling. ..This is an adventure, with discovery and danger along the way-but when you deal with thieves and criminals, that's to be expected. ssils and their sites, and which enables some people to dig up and sell valuable fossils. .. Along the way several criminal case histories are given to show how some countries take their fossil laws very seriously. The journey is an adventure, with discovery and danger along the way, but when you deal with thieves and criminals, that's expected.

Prologue..1 Broome dinosaurs..2 Violation..3 Reopening the case..4 Investigations in Eastern Australia..5 London calling..6 Undercover in Hamburg..7 In Frankfurt..8 In the USA: Denver, Utah and South Dakota..9 China - Dragon bone sale..10 At the fossil fish capital of the world..11 Fossil related laws and crime in South America, India and Africa..12 At Tucson, the world's largest fossil fair..13 Back to Broome..14 Some thoughts on the future of the fossil industry..Epilogue: A personal story..References..Appendix: How to check if that fossil is legal

ISBN: 9781741151022
ISBN-10: 1741151023
Format: PDF
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 21st December 2012
Edition Number: 1