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Policy on Fossil Collecting

All the fossils you will see on these pages are in the collections of various museums, and are of already published fish.

As a matter of policy and of strong belief, we feel that any fossil vertebrate that contains any important scientific information must be permanently housed in an "internationally recognized scientific repository", in other words a public museum collection. This insures that the specimen is properly curated, and is available to any and all qualified personnel that wish to examine and study it. Further, the International Rules of Zoological Nomenclature requires that a specimen to be published upon must be part of a publicly available museum collection.

Specimens held in private collections are unavailable to science or the world at large. Moreover, specimens held in private collections are generally devoid of data on provenance that would render them useful to any future scientific investigator. Fossil vertebrates are extremely rare by their very nature, and should be property of all people.

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