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Amateur and Commercial Collecting in Paleontology

  • Japheth B. Boyce (a1)

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“…SPEAK TO THE EARTH, AND LET IT TEACH YOU.” (Job 12:8 NASB)

Ambitious collectors have been gathering fossils for centuries and should be allowed to continue. A glimpse at fossil collecting through history gives us an idea of how paleontology affects people. A Roman ruler, Gauis Caesar, better known as Caligula, did some field work in paleontology. Caligula was most likely mad. One of the common proofs pulled from history affirming his madness is the fact that he made his horse a councilman advisor to the senate. There are so many stories of the perverted life Caligula led, it is likely the term “caliginous,” which describes dark and gloomy aspects, came from his name.

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Amateur and Commercial Collecting in Paleontology

  • Japheth B. Boyce (a1)

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