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China Issues Rules on Fossil Excavation

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Science  20 Sep 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5589, pp. 1981
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5589.1981

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BEIJING-- China has adopted new regulations on access to fossils that assign enforcement to a single administrative body. Most scientists see the new rules as a positive step toward bringing greater order to the current patchwork system, which did little to deter illegal digging and trafficking of fossils. But a few are worried that putting a single entity in charge could result in additional barriers to research.