The passage and implementation of the Paleontological Resources Preservation Act (Omnibus Public Lands Act, 2009) is a milestone for the field of paleontology in the United States. In short, the new law requires permitting for research collection of any fossil material—floral or faunal—on federal land and that these collections be reposited in public institutions. The law mirrors the Antiquities Act of 1906 and brings the field of paleontology more in line with the collecting protocols governing archeological materials. Social media outlets and position statements of learned societies have already written lengthily on the pros and cons of the...

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