Sunday, December 25, 2005

Cracking down on fossil crime

Fossil smuggling likely to face serious legal punishment
People's Daily Online
UPDATED: 15:41, December 25, 2005

Mark Norell at Liaoning's famous fossil bed
© Mick Ellison/AMNH

"Smuggling of fossils of ancient vertebrate animals and ancient men is expected to face fixed-term imprisonment or even death penalty in China. China's top legislature on Saturday started to discuss a draft judicial interpretation on Criminal Law applications in smuggling, destroying, illegal selling and transferring fossils of ancient vertebrate animals and ancient men.

The fossils will be put under protection as same as cultural relics in China, if the judicial interpretation is approved at the 19th session of the Standing Committee of the 10th National People's Congress (NPC), which is held here from Dec. 24 to 29."

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