Centre for Tax System Integrity

The Regulation of Fossils Project

Fossils are becoming much sought after commodities, with the result that scientists, private collectors, museums, tourists and traders are competing with each other for access and ownership of these scarce and sometimes unique remnants of our past. This study undertaken by Jodie Houston has involved visits to various institutions and sites around the world and here in Australia, to look at ways in which groups have approached the problem of sharing this valuable resource. The degree to which laws are in place to protect fossils varies across sovereign states; even so the story is more one of history, culture and networks of influence shaping the direction in which fossil protection has developed.




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