Links & References
- American Association of Museums – Code of Professional Ethics covers collecting
- The Paleontological Society has their code for fossil collecting available online
- Paleontological Resources Preservation Act – Information on the act is available from the Society for Vertebrate Paleontology (second link), GovTrack.us, and Washington Warch Dog.
- Association of Applied Paleontological Sciences (AAPS)
- The Paleontological Society
- Society of Vertebrate Paleontology – The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology also has a policy statement on its website on the “Assessment and Mitigation of Adverse Impacts to Nonrenewable Paleontological Resources: Standard Guidelines” with extensive information on collecting guidelines for professionals. Also see the society’s documents: “Guidelines from the Ethics and Education Committee for Collecting, Documenting and Curating Fossils – Membership Ethics Statement – Policy Statement on Collecting – Guidelines for Collecting, Documenting and Curating Fossils.
- The Museum of Natural History in London has made its collection policies and procedures available online
- National Museums Scotland has made its collection policies and procedures available
- National Park Service's Research Permit and Reporting System
- American Geological Institute (AGI) on permit related legislation
- Department of Interior – Assessment of Fossil Management on Federal and Indian Lands
- The University of California Museum of Paleontology FAQ web page gives information on collecting for amateurs including tips on equipment and supplies
- The Vertebrate Paleontology Department Of The Florida Museum Of Natural History website has information on permits for collecting fossil specimens in Florida as well as locations for collecting.
- Preserving Vertebrate Fossils: Notes From The Laboratory by Gregory Brown (University of Nebraska State Museum Museum Notes Number 87. February 1994) is a good exploration of some basic issues for amateurs such as collecting, documentation, geology, and preparation with some answers to common questions.
- The Arkansas Geological Survey website provides information on local fossil collecting
- Dinosaur National Park
- John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
- Agate Fossil Beds National Monument
- Burns, Jasper. 1991. Fossil collecting in the Mid-Atlantic States: with localities, collecting tips, and illustrations of more than 450 fossil specimens. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
- Eldredge, Niles, Gregory Eldredge and Douglas Eldredge. 1989. The Fossil Factory: A Kid's Guide to Digging Up Dinosaurs, Exploring Evolution, and Finding Fossils. Reading: Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., Inc.
- Garcia, Frank A. and Donald S. Miller. 1998. Discovering fossils: how to find and identify remains of the prehistoric past. Mechanicsburg: Stackpole Books.
- Wolberg, Donald and Patsy Reinard. 1997. Collecting the Natural World: Legal Requirements and Personal Liability for Collecting Plants, Animals, Rocks, Minerals, Fossils, and Artifacts. Tuscon: Geoscience Press, Inc.