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DeepTimeIsotopes

That article says they don’t know what fossils were stolen? How did they know fossils were stolen at all then?

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Xiphactinus
5 hours ago, UtahFossilHunter said:

That article says they don’t know what fossils were stolen? How did they know fossils were stolen at all then?

They know what WAS in the case and the lock was broken. I do think it’s odd they aren’t saying what was stolen. Groups like this forum might run across them. 

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siteseer
6 hours ago, Xiphactinus said:

They know what WAS in the case and the lock was broken. I do think it’s odd they aren’t saying what was stolen. Groups like this forum might run across them. 

 

Let me get this straight.  They know how many fossils are missing but not what they were.   It sounds like another episode of David Letterman's "Museum of the hard to Believe."

 

All we can do is keep our eyes open for three fossils that seem out of place.  

 

 

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Troodon

Update link:

"The three fossils stolen from the University of Kansas Natural History Museum over the weekend are plant fossils that visitors were allowed to touch when on display."

 

"The plant fossils that were stolen are a petrified palm stem, a leaf compression of a Ginkgo tree and a cycad-like plant called Zamites. The largest of the three fossils is about 5 inches wide"

 

https://www2.ljworld.com/news/public-safety/2019/oct/23/stolen-ku-fossils-were-plant-items-that-visitors-could-touch-at-museum/

 

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Scylla

No video at the Museum? If the public was allowed to touch them, then they were probably easily replaced examples.

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Mark Kmiecik
On 10/26/2019 at 7:00 AM, Scylla said:

No video at the Museum? If the public was allowed to touch them, then they were probably easily replaced examples.

I agree. I don't understand the point of allowing the general public to touch fossils, with the exception of the blind. They could just post a sign that says "They feel like rocks. If you want to know how it feels to touch one, go outside and pick up a rock. The shiny ones feel like smooth rock. The sandy-looking ones feel like rough rock. The coprolites feel like excreted rock." If someone wants to feel a fossil they should let them buy one at the museum gift shop, or if they don't have a gift shop just tell them to buy one online. If someone wants to feel one they should have them sign up for the upcoming field trip. Every time I see a great fossil I want to own it. I don't want to fondle its nooks and crannies. The only reason to touch a fossil is to see if you can rip it from its mount and stick it in your pocket, and that's exactly what someone did. They should have known it would happen. I would be surprised if it didn't happen.

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David in Japan

The fossils are estimated at 650 dollars? Waouh, that is a museum that doesn't at the expense.

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Mark Kmiecik
19 minutes ago, David in Japan said:

The fossils are estimated at 650 dollars? Waouh, that is a museum that doesn't at the expense.

Of course they're worth 650 dollars. All the fossils I have if I am a museum curator, are worth at least 200 dollars each, even the $10 ones. Don't forget, they have to replace not only the specimens ($60), but also any damaged display mounts, bases and materials ($100), and the highly skilled labor to create replacements for those displays and to mount the fossils ($500). The parts are cheap. It's the labor that will kill you. 

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Shamalama
10 hours ago, Mark Kmiecik said:

 The coprolites feel like excreted rock." 

:heartylaugh:

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Troodon
6 minutes ago, TyBoy said:

Well I've been to the Black Hills Institute and Scool of Mines in SD  and they have a large bone for people to touch.  It's a great idea and everyone wants to touch it especially kids.  Remember not everyone has had that opportunity and most dont look at it has a rock but a cool fossil bone of a dinosaur.  Good remembrance for visitors.

Oh so true I've been there and everyone wants the experience to touch a real dinosaur fossil.  

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Scylla

The younger the child, the more tactile they can be and touch is an important sense for them. The infants need to put the fossils in their mouths. :bone::ighappy:

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Troodon
37 minutes ago, Scylla said:

The infants need to put the fossils in their mouths. 

AND adults :D

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taj
On 31/10/2019 at 8:52 AM, TyBoy said:

Well I've been to the Black Hills Institute and Scool of Mines in SD  and they have a large bone for people to touch.  It's a great idea and everyone wants to touch it especially kids.  Remember not everyone has had that opportunity and most dont look at it has a rock but a cool fossil bone of a dinosaur.  Good remembrance for visitors.

Agreed . They did the same for the new museum in Lyon, France . Honestly that's great for the kids . They just love it. And it's not like they don't have another zillion in their reserves . It's just a matter of choosing the right ones to be displayed (big and heavy!). 

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