Joined: May 2002
Some of their finds are to be evaluated at the Black Hills Institute for Geological Research, Inc. The Black Hills folks have long been controversial for their illegal excavations, and commercial practices (they were the outfit that sold the T. rex known as "Sue".)
It is true that many paleontologists buy and sell fossils, but this is rarely their principle source of support. A fun book on the early years of American paleontology is "The Bone Wars."
"Science is the horse that pulls the cart of philosophy."
L. Susskind, 2004 "SMOLIN VS. SUSSKIND: THE ANTHROPIC PRINCIPLE"