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Photo captions by Alan Mairson
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Fossil Wars Photo 5

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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

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