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Found 14 results

  1. 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, but for my part cannot find them. Does anyone know where I might look?
  2. 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 - I think the United States has similar)? It would be one thing if this tooth were in Cuba, and I would ask Cuba for permission and they would probably decline. In this case, the tooth is in France. Would I still talk to Cuba about this, or France, or both nations? What kind of documentation should the merchant provide me with to prove that it's been legally acquired, and what should he include with the shipment to prove to Customs that the tooth has been obtained legally? Is simply the seller's written word that it has been acquired from a private collection enough? These are complex legal questions and I've already contacted the appropriate authorities here in Canada to discuss them. Response times are slow right now, and in the meantime I would like to better understand how these things work. I won't take anything said here as legal advice - it's only for my information and I'd like to learn from your experiences navigating these laws.
  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 "Mineral Products means? I'm equally surprised because the only reference I've found to the import of fossils from Canada to the United States is, indeed, on Canada Post's site. USPS doesn't seem to reference this being illegal. United States Customs & Border Protection only seems to reference this in relation to the import of Cultural Products, whereas there doesn't appear to be a concern for "Mineral Products" per se. If anyone who has experience shipping from Canada to the United States could shed light on whether this is actually illegal or if there's some misunderstanding I'd appreciate it.
  4. 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. 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 middle of the creek and on the sides) but a guy came down and said I wasn't allowed to look through there. I told him I was searching for fossils and he said he didn't care and he would call the cops. I was respectful and left but can homeowners actually do anything? As I stated I was not searching or messing with any homeowner property unless they are legally able to claim the creek. As a fossil hunter, I always want to be respectful but I also know people can be jerks sometimes. thanks for advice! Jeff
  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 for a profit? It's a hard situation, you want to save the fossils, but letting collectors take things opens up a bunch of other issues as well.” @Paleoworld-101 I have a idea for this. What if they would have a setup of some sort at the entrance of the park where the park staff would check to see if you have collected any valuable specimens. If not you would have legal ownership over the fossil, they would do this to teach people about there fossil recourse and so the fossils would not sit there and erode away over time since they would be able to bring some fossils home and learn about them. Keeping the good specimens to the Palaeontologist but the other fossils that are no use to the Palaeontologist to the guest preventing these fossils to erode away and keeping all Paleontological and geological recourses and history. This is just something I was thinking after reading this in @Paleoworld-101s topic probably won’t happen though.
  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. Any sites in British Columbia?

    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. Protected sites in Manitoba?

    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. A second question is : Is there a list of protected sites in Manitoba, and if so, where can I find it? Thanks in advance.
  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. 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 you for any information, templates or advise you may be able to provide. Respectfully, Y. Michael LaBorde P.S. I live between Ft. Worth and Denton, Texas. If there is anyone interested meeting with me to hang out, teach and explore the areas, please feel free to reach out -M
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