Archeologist Mark Norell has spent years in China researching feathered dinosaur fossils to prove that dinosaurs and birds are closely related.
But often the crown jewel of an archaeological discovery can literally be covered in jewels.
Norell says its not unusual to find fossils for sale in marketplaces that have been decorated with rhinestones.
He says local cottage industries dig up the bones and, as Norell puts it, improve things, to make them more marketable.
It doesnt shock or outrage him though.
In his words, I have a pragmatic view to the ownership of fossils.
Norells full findings are detailed in his book Unearthing the Dragon: The Great Feathered Dinosaur Discovery (Pi Press).
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