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Bumper Crop Photograph by Mark Leong
Stashed in the back room of a farmhouse in Inner Mongolia, fossils dug up from nearby fields will be sold to traders from Lingyuan, Chaoyang, or Jinzhou. The growing international demand for fossils has heated up a long-running debate between academic paleontologists and commercial fossil hunters: Many scientists insist that dealers destroy valuable information when they hack fossils out of the ground; dealers argue that many fossils would never be found if the work was left solely to the academics.
Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Nikon D70 Film Type: Digital Lens: 17-35mm, f/2.8 Speed and F-Stop: 1/8 of a second @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Indoors Time of Day: Late morning Lighting Techniques: Available window light