>a respected American museum had "removed" the photos from their website so maybe it doesn't matter that there is no paper to accompany them and explain what they are.<
How many people saw the specimen before the paper was published? How many people will see it at AMNH who haven't read the paper? How many will see it who will >never< read the paper? What possible connection does the publishing of a paper have to do with the public display or viewing--via the internet or otherwise--of an historical artifact?
It has to do with the RESPECT for the scientist. Their research, their work. I’ve fed up with this attitude of we can see what ever we want when we want on the net and SCREW everyone else who is working on it.
Tracy L. Ford
P. O. Box 1171
Poway Ca 92074