Fossil hunting

Fossils of Nebraska and South Dakota

Sometimes I go into rock shops to look at the fossils for sale, and I wonder how many are obtained from public lands illegally. Fossils and rocks have a long history of being stripped from public lands. I find myself muttering to myself like Indiana Jones, “it belongs in a museum.” In the time alone that I lived in Oregon, 1998-2012, Newberry National Monument (no relation)’s dormant volcano was stripped of the vast field of obsidian that greeted me on my first visit. All that was left was pumice on my second visit in 2012.

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