Thieves Plundering the Dry West for Fossils
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Wed Feb 9 08:10:45 CST 2000
THIEVES PLUNDERING THE DRY WEST FOR FOSSILS
from The Associated Press
KEMMERER, Wyo. - Flying his patrol plane over the scrubland,
Steve Rogers notes five or six areas of freshly overturned earth.
He sees a faint dustcloud and veers over for a better look.
A herd of pronghorn antelope, he suspects. They are not what
Rogers is searching for aboard his high-soaring Cessna.
On this expanse of frozen terrain where 50 million years ago
tropical and subtropical plants and animals thrived along two
freshwater lakes, Rogers is hunting fossil thieves.
Protected by the vastness of the West, the looters plunder the
rich ground of fossils - hoping for perfectly preserved specimens
that typically will be displayed on rock slabs or inlaid in
countertop and floor tiles as home decor.
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