What’s The Deal With For-Profit Paleontology?

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Photo: New Dinosaur Ava Montana Anthony Maltese
The model of Ava at Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center.

Imagine spending the summer in blistering heat, digging in the dirt, far from WiFi or hotels. That's the life of fossil hunter, like Anthony Maltese. But Maltese doesn't work for a university or museum. He's with a commercial organization called Triebold Paleontology, Inc. He's also curator of Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center.

Photo: New Dinosaur Ava Skeleton Montana Anthony Maltese 2Maltese's team recently unearthed what is believed to be a new species of dinosaur. He told Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner about this discovery and about the world of for-profit fossil hunting.