Paleonet: Larson and Russell

Richard Gottfried fossilnut007 at
Mon Apr 14 19:31:05 GMT 2014

Dear Sir:

Larson and Russell did state their cases in a clear, organized and non-confrontational manner.  The tone was not at all intemperate, and their salient points were backed up by their literature references.  

This is an important debate because regulations promulgated by legislative bodies are in response to one-sided arguments, and this discourages young kids from pursuing collecting fossils.  Scientists in many unrelated fields (I am a retired microbiologist) had their interest in science started by pursuing this type of hobby.  We deplore the lack of interest by students in the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) but prohibit their participation in this field.  

Richard Gottfried

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Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:48:02 -0500
From: Roy Plotnick <plotnick at<about:blank>>
Subject: Paleonet: Commentary in PE on commercial fossil collecting
To: PaleoNet <paleonet at<about:blank>>
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A new commentary on commercial fossil collecting by Larson and Russell 
has just been released on /Palaeontologia Electronica/:
(note that the .pdf link is broken - should be up soon):<about:blank> 

This is a follow-up to the earlier commentary by Shimada et al.:<about:blank>

To be clear, *I am not going to sponsor a debate here*. I am giving 
people an opportunity to state their cases in a clear, organized, and 
non-confrontational (as much as possible) manner. My goal as PE 
editorial editor has always been twofold: first, to provide a forum 
where issues relating to the field can be discussed, even if they are 
controversial - what I have called "heated discussions and strong 
That said, I am also trying to move these discussions away from the 
often intemperate tone taken on listserves and similar social media 
sites to something more mature. I am deeply concerned about the future 
of our field, as are we all. I hope that these discussions can lead to 
consensus that will benefit the science.

- Roy
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