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  1. BellamyBlake

    Mexico Fossil Laws

    I've read many times on the Forum that there are strict export and collection laws in Mexico because they may consider fossils to be national treasures. I have one supplier insisting the exact opposite - that there's no such law on exports nor collecting and that there was one mistaken case years ago, though that person received their fossils back when the law was made known to the Mexican authorities who confiscated them initially. Evidently there is the idea that the export of fossils is strictly mandated in Mexico. I'm not sure now where it came from. I'd like to read these laws
  2. BellamyBlake

    Import of Restricted Fossils

    I'm curious about importing potentially restricted fossils and verifying provenance. I'm not sure if I'm overthinking it. Maybe someone with more experience can help me. I'll illustrate with an example. Various Caribbean nations like Cuba have banned the export of Megalodon teeth. Now, there are Cuban teeth in other collections that were obtained before that ban and exported legally. I found one in France. I spoke to the supplier, and he assures me that it's been acquired legally, from a private collection. What would I need to import that into Canada (or really any other country
  3. I'm from Canada and was partaking in a trade with another member of the Forums, from the United States. These are shark teeth. Canada Post informed me that these are prohibited for import into the United States from Canada. For instance, their guide notes that "Mineral Products" are prohibited: https://www.canadapost.ca/tools/pg/manual/PGIntDestDetails-e.asp?table=tblCountry&txtLetter=US This was a surprise to me. I know of countless Canadian businesses that ship (presumably legally) to the United States. Does it seem that the Canada Post agent (and myself) misunderstood what "
  4. dbrake40

    River Hunting - Legalities

    Has anyone had any personal experiences with river hunting and what the legal restrictions are with removing objects on public navigable waterways in Minnesota? I've heard differing things in MN regarding what part of a waterway is considered state land and what parts is navigable - high water line vs. low waterline (owned by the state). What's considered navigable and what is not. Any good resources.
  5. jkjoller

    Fossil hunting legal question

    Hi all- I would think this has been answered but after searching I couldn't quite find an answer. I live in Dallas near White Rock Lake. There are a lot of creeks that branch off all through the Dallas area. I like to explore these on occasion (when I just want to get out on a Saturday) and for the most part I've been left alone (and had some success!). Does anyone have any "jurisdiction" over these creeks? I ask because I was exploring one that had houses on each side. OR actually their backyards that led to the house. Anyway, I was no where near someone's property (basically in the
  6. “@Monica Yes, there are just so many fossils here that now only the best material is actually collected. This usually means anything articulated or reasonably complete. Isolated bones like the ones in my pictures are all pretty much ignored, which is sad, as yes they will inevitably just erode away. I think there needs to be a better system personally. It doesn't make sense to just let these great fossils be destroyed by the elements. But if collecting was allowed how could it be regulated to make sure only expendable material was taken? And how would you stop people then selling those bones f
  7. Is it legal to collect fossils from creek beds that run through private property (owner unknown) if accessed from public property? It is my understanding that creek beds are owned by the state (correct me if I am wrong)... does that mean collecting from these locations is OK?
  8. This question is directed at those of us who do buy fossils. Would you buy fossils from China? Legally, it seems questionable. They are highly available, which makes me wonder what is going on.
  9. Hello guys! So at this new school my new friend Brad heard about my fossil hunting trips in Florida, and he wanted to have a go. This Christmas he will be going to British Columbia to visit his relatives. I want to ask, are there any fossil hunting sites in British Columbia and is taking them away legal? Thanks. Ho Lam PS. He will be staying very close to the American border, near the coast. He told me his parents drove him to Seattle. So I imagine he won't be far from the US, and might want to know some sites there as well.
  10. Hi all, A few times now I have found fossils in Manitoba (posted a few times here for ID as well). My question here is the following: Is it legal to bring home fossils that can be found on beaches? Mine were found in an area used to access a winter road. That road is no longer in use but quite a large selection of them can be found as loose rocks on that same beach. If one doesn't take them home, they will be destroyed over time. I'm not trying to take the discussion to whether it is better for the fossils or not, simply to see if it is legal to take them.
  11. I got one straight from China recently, and it is real.... so is export of them now legal? They are now readily available.
  12. Mr. Sudarshan Gupta

    Laws abiding Fossil Collection.

    Dear all, Is anybody aware of the legal prospects regarding Fossil hunting and Collection in India. Please let me know if there is any provision of registration of such collections such that I can legally have possession of Fossils and related stuff.
  13. Fellow Hunters, This past summer I've been trying my hand at fossil hunting. I've been "digging" and sifting local/ public creek beds and accessible construction sites in the surrounding DFW areas (TEXAS). However, it was recommended to me I start asking the permission of local farm and land owners to enter their properties for my weekend hunts. My question is what sort of written documentation do I need from these land owners to be on their land? Is there some sort of "legal standard" or template I should use for this sort of thing? I'm very new at this so please pardon my ignorance. Thank
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