A brief review of vertebrate paleontological work in Iowa reveals an early utilization of fossils in Pleistocene studies followed by a lapse in collecting and research until revived during the past decade. Legal measures enacted to protect paleontological materials have, in the opinion of many paleontologists, resulted in numerous federal and state regulations which are unrealistic and a hindrance to scientific endeavor. Efforts to modify or remove federal rules and regulations governing fossils are discussed. Legal restrictions do not constitute the primary problems of paleontological conservation in many states, including Iowa. Instead, the problems are those of (1) public education regarding the scientific value of fossils, (2) gaining the cooperation of individuals in reporting discoveries to qualified institutions, and (3) financing and handling the collection, preparation, curating, and study of paleontological specimens. These problems may be partially solved through sensible legislation, distribution of popular information about fossils, and encouraging nonprofessionals to assist in the program.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1961 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Frankforter, W. D.
"Problems of Paleontological Preservation in Iowa,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 68(1), 328-336.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/pias/vol68/iss1/50