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This is because it doesn't matter if the noun is collective,
it matters if the noun phrase is collective. "The postcrania
of *Cedarpelta*" is plausibly collective, and English will
go a long way on plausibly.
Similarly, "David's library is a matter of scientific curiosity"
or "Graydon's computer parts pile is not very well organized".
These examples are tangential to the point, because "library" and "pile" are