Forty-five years for a *fossil*? Really? I'm a huge supporter of the
preservation of our natural resources and a great respecter of natural history,
but we need to employ some common sense, here. The earth's crust contains
countless BILLIONS of fossils, the vast majority of which will be destroyed by
natural process without catching so much as a glance from the scientific
community, and not one of which is worth sacrificing the full potential of a
human life. Now, I don't suspect he'll serve anywhere near the rest of
his life in jail - because that's what a 45-year sentence would be - but
the mere possibility shouldn't even be on the table. A fine and even some
jail time, sure, but...really? For a fossilized footprint that has already been
observed and documented? This artifact is certainly not worthless, but neither
is it priceless. This man's life *is*.
PGVikingDadNo one is saying that this man's life isn't
priceless. But what this man did was extremely selfish. And it does affect
generations of people who love studying about the origins of the earth, and
paleontology in particular. I don't know what it is with some of these
people lately, just like the two selfish goblin-toppers. Why can't these
people just leave these priceless artifacts alone? I think what the
courts are trying to do is send a message. I'm sure the man won't
serve the full 45 years or whatever. But these kinds of acts need to be
stopped. And they won't be stopped until a message is sent out that these
destructive acts won't be tolerated by our state.
Now I'm wondering if fossil hunting is now illegal. They cited a 2009 law.
It is not OK to vandalize a foot print but OK toVandalize in a state park.
The punishment shouldBe the same wouldn't you think.
Mike Noel will come to his rescue.
This guy should get a fine and a good talking to by the judge. That's all.
He shouldn't have done it, but it's not worth destroying a human life
over. Especially on a first offense. I hope common sense will prevail. I have
no doubt he has learned his lesson already.