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Re: Kirkaldy and SVP Ethics Statement

I have to agree once again with Dinogeorge. Set high standards for publication of privately held specimens, but there should be provisions that make exceptions in the cases of extraordinary specimens. Better to have photographs, measurements, and casts, than nothing at all. Such documentation should be sufficient for the designation of additional type specimens (lectotypes or whatever) in the small percentages of cases where the private collectors are not cooperative in the future.
-----Ken Kinman
From: Dinogeorge@aol.com
Reply-To: Dinogeorge@aol.com
To: dinosaur@usc.edu
Subject: Re: Kirkaldy and SVP Ethics Statement
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2000 16:41:15 EST

In a message dated 11/27/00 4:02:55 PM EST, Danvarner@aol.com writes:

<< Scientifically significant fossil vertebrate specimens, along with
data, should be curated and accessioned in the collections of repositories
charged in perpetuity with con serving fossil vertebrates for scientific
study and education (e.g. accredited museums, universities, colleges, and
other educational institutions >>

Please note: "should, " not "must." Sometimes it is simply not possible to
store scientifically significant fossil vertebrates in accordance with the
above specification (e.g., type specimen of Kakuru kujani). Why should this
prevent these specimens from being scientifically described?
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