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An Overview of S. 263, the Paleontological Resources Preservation Act: Fossil Resources Located on Federal Lands

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Publication Date: May 2005

Publisher(s): Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service

Series: RS22152

Topic: Environment (Parks, nature reserves, and open spaces)


About 30% of the land in the United States is controlled by federal land managers through several different federal agencies. Much of this land contains valuable paleontological (fossil) resources. There is no comprehensive management policy or statute for the management or the protection of paleontological resources located on federal lands.