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Auction house removes fossils from Kansas museum

Auction house removes fossils from Kansas museum

By Associated Press. CREATED Nov 18, 2013

HAYS, Kan. (AP) A California museum has withdrawn the 12 fossils it had listed for sale in an auction this week, including seven from the Sternberg Museum of Natural History in Hays.

The San Diego Natural History Museum says on its website that seven large vertebrate fossils collected and sold to the museum by Charles Sternberg in the 1920s were among those removed from Tuesday's auction.

News that the Kansas artifacts were being auctioned off rankled some who didn't think they should be sold to private collectors. The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology issued a statement critical of the San Diego museum's decision to sell the fossils.

The Kansas fossils were collected by Sternberg, patriarch of the fossil-collecting family that included Levi, Charles M. and George, the former director of Sternberg Museum.