Look: Police find a neatly preserved fossil in the soil
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Imagine being involved in the illegal fossil trade. What does one’s calendar look like if they are a middle manager of sorts in the global transfer of ancient fossils for money?
Is there a brunch meeting with an eccentric collector? Drinks with a politician with whom you’re looking to curry favor? Does your four corner bed include old bones? What’s your nickname among colleagues? So many questions.
The police in Brazil know all about the illegal fossil trade, discovering one fossil so perfectly preserved that it opens the door to increased understanding of the life of one ancient creature.
Brazilian police find “exceptional” ancient fossil — Tara Yarlagadda writes about a police raid in Brazil that uncovered a fossil of an ancient creature from the Cretaceous period. It should scientists better understand one quite enigmatic animal:
But in 2013, the Federal Police had a more unusual target in mind: ancient fossils dating back to when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.
The Federal Police conducted a sweeping investigation into the country’s illegal fossil trade, ultimately recovering more than 3,000 fossil specimens from the Brazilian states of São Paulo, Minas Gerais, and Rio de Janeiro.
One of the specimens was a tapejarid fossil neatly preserved in limestone rock. The fossil belongs to the species Tupandactylus navigans.
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