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A German fossil expert carrying the skull of a fossil fish, Xiphactinus. This photo was taken in a motel in Tucson, Arizona, during the annual Fossil Fair. Amateur and commercial collectors gather at the fair to trade in fossil remains. Although many academics are unhappy with such events, amateur collectors frequently discover the remains of previously unknown species or very fine examples of known species. Such fossils are recovered from private land: in the USA private individuals are rarely granted the special license needed to hunt for fossils on public land. MODEL RELEASED (1991)

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A German fossil expert carrying the skull of a fossil fish, Xiphactinus. This photo was taken in a motel in Tucson, Arizona, during the annual Fossil Fair. Amateur and commercial collectors gather at the fair to trade in fossil remains. Although many academics are unhappy with such events, amateur collectors frequently discover the remains of previously unknown species or very fine examples of known species. Such fossils are recovered from private land: in the USA private individuals are rarely granted the special license needed to hunt for fossils on public land. MODEL RELEASED (1991)