Rising inequality is killing the dinosaurs
Rising inequality is killing the dinosaurs - or at least what's left of them. Paleontologists report a boom in illicit dinosaur excavation and smuggling. The most recent case to hit the news was the theft of a large raptor from Mongolia.
In many cases dinosaur excavation for profit is not even illegal, though from a scientific standpoint it is extraordinarily damaging. One collector's trophy is the world's collective loss as fossils are collected haphazardly with no scientific record-keeping.
The result is that the few bits and pieces that remain of the "terrible lizards" that once ruled the Earth are increasingly subject to plunder, damage and vandalism at the hands of opportunistic for-profit fossil hunters. Large, intact skeletons can sell at auction for a million dollars or more.
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