• Dave Harmon, PW editor

Paleontologists push for restoration of Utah NMon boundaries to protect likely fossil troves

When former US president Donald Trump announced his decision to shrink protected areas loaded with important fossils and artefacts in the southwest United States, many palaeontologists were appalled — and even helped launch a court case to restore the lands. Now, incumbent President Joe Biden is taking steps to review the decision, which many scientists hope will lead to a restoration of the original reserves.

In April, Biden sent Deb Haaland, the US Secretary of the Interior, to Utah to meet scientists, tribal leaders and officials. She is expected to soon make recommendations on whether to alter the reserves’ current boundaries.

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