Internationally renowned Aussie palaeontologist, Professor John Long has joined the campaign to sue Trump over his decision to cut Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments in Utah, USA.
Long understands the immense effect Trump’s cuts will have to areas which are home to some of America’s most scientifically significant palaeontologist resources.
Long believes the action against Trump will help block the cuts.
“We need to preserve these globally important palaeontological resources, and the reduction of monument boundaries puts them in danger of being damaged or destroyed completely.
“The SVP’s mission is to ‘support and encourage the discovery, conservation, and protection of vertebrate fossils and fossil sites’ and for this reason, it is imperative that we maintain the integrity of these monuments,” Professor Long says.
Professor Long’s work focuses on the early evolution of vertebrates. This helps determine the early stages of how the modern vertebrate body plan comes together. Long’s work has revealed significant yields for the scientific community and has gained expansive worldwide media coverage. Of his many contributions to the field, he was the first to find the origin of complex sexual reproduction in vertebrates.
The campaign has assembled arguments that rest on the president not having the legal authority to reduce the boundaries.
Lead Image: Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the Prescott Valley Event Center in Prescott Valley, Arizona, Gage Skidmore.