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I hope my web site provided you with the information you were looking for or provided you with further knowledge for future field trips. As a consequence of many conversations with other collectors, I finally ask you kindly to help ensure that fossil sites will not disappear and that the reputation of fossil collectors will not worsen!

Some fossil collectors behave in the quarries as if it were their living room. Even open-minded quarry managers will deny permission for collecting when their quarries were totally digged up and littered with garbage. And there's no regard for people leaving their tools in the quarries as they can heavily damage the expensive machines. Permission for digging and fossil collecting must be obtained from the management or another responsible person which is usually no problem in abandoned quarry areas. Digging and fossicking in free nature, especially in environmental protection areas, is an absolute don't. All people have a right for an intact landscape.

No matter if one collects in quarries or natural outcrops: Is it necessary to take tons of findings home? With regard for following collectors, one should only take those fossils home that one really "needs" - in other words only a few, but well-preserved and informative specimens of the flora and fauna. Too many famous locations are so exploited that even fragments of fossils can't be found any more. Many countries have already passed laws to prevent fossils sites from exploitation by collectors with a commercial background. For the amateur collector such regulations mean additional paperwork, and in many cases permission is nevertheless preventively denied.

And finally my most important request: Give new collectors a chance! It's understandable that one doesn't want dozens of collectors to exploit the quarries or outcrops one regularly visits. But I wish that the usual proceeding of keeping sites concealed and to avoid exchange with other collectors would diminish. The one who claims "to raise his own competitors" if visiting sites together or telling other collectors about new sites shows that he's more interested in possession than in the exchange of knowledge. In particular beginners in fossil collecting need the help from experienced collectors!

Collecting fossils is about recreation, acquiring knowledge and may sometimes even contribute to the progress of the paleontological science. It's in no way about accumulating possession or money!