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manfromnam

I am interested in knowing if there are TFF members out there who know about trilobite fossil sites in Viet Nam; or if you are in Viet Nam, interested in getting together to share collections and stories. I am living in Ha Noi but do travel a lot throughout the country.

Thanks.

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manfromnam

Thank you piranha! This is exactly what I need to get going.

All the best.

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Scylla

I wish I knew that last time I was in Lao Cai on the way to Sapa! Anyways I can't wait to get back there again. What are the laws regarding fossil collecting in Viet Nam?

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manfromnam

Hi Scylla. I am not sure but I think fossils are included in the VN Mineral Law (http://www.vietnamlaws.com/freelaws/MineralLaw20Mar96[X1051].pdf) since I have not seen a specific law to address the collection of fossils. From my own experience in VN, not many people are aware of any of these laws, even the local officials, regarding fossil collections. I would suggest just using common sense and good paleontology ethics.

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FossilDAWG

For context, this post is in response to a now hidden post, in case anyone read that post.  On the Fossil Forum we do not allow members to advocate illegal activity including offering bribes to the police or other officials.  In addition to the ethical issues concerned, this course of action will not help (or it will make things worse) if you are detained and your fossils confiscated as you try to leave the country.  Many countries present this sort of a problem: collecting by locals is tolerated, but nothing can (legally) be taken out.  Italy is an example of this, as is Mexico, South Africa, and the Canadian province of Alberta, to give a few examples.   Any American/Canadian/European/Australian/etc planning on collecting in Vietnam (or any other country) must determine in advance if it is going to be a problem to take fossils home with you.  No fossil is worth the trouble you can bring on by disregarding the law.  

 

A couple of years ago I was visiting Ecuador and came across a vendor at a native market in Quito who was selling some nice ammonites.  I checked with my hosts at the university, and checked online, could not get a clear answer about the legality of taking those ammonites out of the country.  The next day I called customs at the airport.  They seemed a bit confused, but indicated they would likely treat fossils as artifacts, which cannot be removed and will leave you with big fines and jail time.  I went back to the market, looked wistfully at those beautiful ammonites, and left empty handed.

 

Don

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