Global Warming Bolsters Bone Trade
The latest species to enjoy the short-term benefits of climate change? Bone collectors.
As the Arctic thaws, all kinds of prehistoric bones are becoming more accessible, and museums and private collectors are paying hefty sums to the people who know where to find them.
Luckily, at least one of the bone hunters has a sense of perspective:
Davydov acknowledges that rising temperatures in Siberia have been a boon for bone collectors. "As the permafrost thaws, we obtain yet more objects for study," he says.
But then he reflects: "From the point of view of humanity, it would have been better if this had never happened."