Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Tragic Tale Of Nate Murphy, Or How Not To Do Field Paleontology

There is an excellent series of articles on Nate Murphy in the Billings Gazette. Here are the links:
Nate Murphy with the hadrosaur specimen "Roberta" (Brachylophosaurus canadensis)

Murphy's tale is tragic, his downfall fueled by ambition, greed, lies, and theft. He is waiting for sentencing, and faces 5 years in jail. He lied to nearly everyone involved except his own son; lied to landowners, volunteers, coworkers, paleontologists, and the authorities.

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