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The unknown collector

Pete Larson correctly praises the unknown fossil collector in this video of a beautifully exhibited specimen. This fossil is particularly glaring in the effort, skill and commitment that must have been necessary to have it exist in this form, so it is extremely unfortunate that the collector is unnamed.
I say this because it is unfortunately the case that museums are quick to look down upon commercially driven collectors, yet all too often are unwilling to credit the collectors who are willing to share their (extremely) hard earned finds.

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Kentuckiana Mike says:
07/03/2010

It is possible the museum that has a policy of not revealing the names of its donors.

Another possibility is the donor would prefer to remain anonymous.

A more unfortunate reason would be if they lost the name of the donor. An example of this can be seen in the story of the Plumulites canadensis “worm” fossil. The Royal Ottawa Museum lost the name of the donor but they are trying to find the person. Read more at this link: http://blog.everythingdinosaur.co.uk/blog/_archives/2010/3/18/4486004.html

admin says:
07/03/2010

Thanks for that. Yeah, there are many possibilities. I am (perhaps in this case unfairly) alluding to the practice of many museums to remove the collector credits from their collections. Its an issue here in southwestern Germany, where fossil finds are often donated to the museums.

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