Million-Year-old Fossils are Sold Off Illegally in Brazil’s Ceará State

In one of the mines, a fossil of Dastilbe crandalli, a freshwater fish that lived between 96 and 113 million years ago, was bought.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Banned in Brazil, the purchase and sale of fossils are freely practiced in municipalities in the countryside of Brazil's northeastern Ceará state. The G1 news site found trafficking in pieces dating back millions of years in the towns of Nova Olinda and Santana do Cariri, available for as little as R$20 (US$5).

Introducing themselves as tourists, members of the G1 team traveled to points of sale where the fossils . . .

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