Internal Fights, Looting Hinder Work in the Field

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Science  12 Jan 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5502, pp. 239-241
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5502.239

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MAOTIANSHAN, YUNNAN PROVINCE-- With its spectacular fossils, a well-trained cadre of researchers, and increasing funding, China could be the ideal place for paleontology in the 21st century. But scientists face a trio of problems: squabbles over access to sites and control of fossils, a lack of cooperation in the community, and widespread fossil looting.