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FossilSafari posted a topic in Questions & AnswersI was wondering if anyone can recommend reports/websites/guides etc, that explain in more detail how the fossil trade works, from excavation through to a dealer? This is assuming new pieces (not a prior sold piece, returning to market), they have not excavated it themselves and that it is legal- but especially when covering foreign sourced material. And how that might vary from country to country, say Morocco vs Germany. Likewise, this is most applicable to somewhat valuable pieces, worth of enough steps in the value chain! For example, how many links are there often in the chain, from the site where it is found, to a dealer's website or exhibition stand? Likewise, any info on how very roughly how pricing evolves (and this clearly varies!) would be interesting! I am a starting off studying (with a view to beginning collecting later!) and keen to understand how the trade eco-system works so to speak and the different potential steps! E.g. is there an on site local who finds the fossils, from whom it gets acquired by a wholesale type dealer in that country, who lacks the end customers (often overseas), but is respected by foreign dealers, with the latter then purchasing it from them- before it ends up on a website/show for sale! And maybe one step is skipped out by those especially knowledgeable or experienced dealers. I appreciate everything will depend, and there are no hard or fast rules, but just want to general "educate" myself about the industry! Thanks for all your help! AZ
Archaeologists say human-evolution study used stolen bone. Bizarre tale of theft and suspicious packages casts doubt on claims for early-human occupation in northern Europe. by Ewen Callaway, Nature News. November 13, 2017 https://www.nature.com/news/archaeologists-say-human-evolution-study-used-stolen-bone-1.22984 The preprint is: Uneven Data Quality and the Earliest Occupation of Europe: The Case of Untermassfeld (Germany) Wil Roebroeks, Sabine Gaudzinski-Windheuser, Michael Baales, Ralf-Dietrich Kahlke doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/211268 https://www.biorxiv.org/content/early/2017/10/31/211268 Yours, Paul H.