A one-man fossil rescue mission

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Science  06 Apr 2018:
Vol. 360, Issue 6384, pp. 24
DOI: 10.1126/science.360.6384.24

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Vishal Verma, a high school physics teacher, has taken it on himself to save some of India's endangered fossils. Over the past 2 decades, Verma has rescued dozens of fossilized dinosaur nests and hundreds of eggs, along with thousands of other specimens, including rare extinct sharks and a fossilized gymnosperm forest, and deposited them in local museums. What others call his "fossil madness" has consumed most of his salary over those years. Professional paleontologists applaud his campaign. They say he is not only saving the country's heritage, but is also bringing new fossil finds to the notice of experts.