Skip to main content

Natural Awakenings SW PA, Greater Pittsburgh

Dinosaur Bone Ownership Resolved

Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton

Ton Bangkeaw/Shutterstock.com

In 2018, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that fossils belonged to mineral rights owners, threatening to put a damper on scientific fossil hunting by paleontologists, but the Montana Supreme Court has now decided that fossils should not be deemed minerals, thereby restoring ownership of two dinosaurs buried together to the landowners, as had been customary in the past. A year after buying their property, Mary Anne and Lige Murray, along with a private fossil hunter, found an impressive array of specimens, including a complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton. Scientists like David Polly, an Indiana University paleontologist and past president of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, had warned that tying fossils to mineral rights would make it harder to get permission to excavate them and put the ownership of fossils already on display into doubt. They also feared that distinctive fossils would be purchased by private collectors, denying access to the public and researchers.
Upcoming Events Near You
Digital Issue
#SupportLocal
Healthy Ways To Spend Time At Home
Global Brief: Natural Thinking Spending Time in Nature Increases Cognitive Performance
More of our time is spent indoors than ever before. One of the ways by which nature may improve cognitive function (i.e. the acquisition of and goal-oriented use of knowledge) is by improving memory formation and recall, specifically that of short-term or working memory, and goal-oriented or directed attention; the kind that requires focused effort. By comparing and contrasting 13 studies, a team of researchers has shed light on this complex interaction in research published in Frontiers in Psychology. The studies used the backwards digit span task, which requires participants to invert a series of numbers and repeat them back. All demonstrated significantly improved cognition in nature as compared to urban environments. The benefits of studies like this are two-fold: not only are we learning more about how the brain interacts with its environment, but also how to leverage this interaction to lead healthier, more productive and happier lives.
Like Us On Facebook!