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Colorado profs investigated for illegal fossil gathering

(Denver Post) Two University of Colorado professors are being investigated by the Bureau of Land Management for taking fossils from a remote area of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah without a permit.

The professors, who have not been named, and a group of students with them were breaking off slabs of rock containg fossils in a remote section of the monument in early October when a tour guide discovered them and informed them that what they were doing was illegal.

The guide with Escape Goat Tours and Shuttle Service reported that the professors told him to mind his own business as they continued to load fossils into a truck. The guide took a photo of their license plate and reported them to authorities.