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Re: Minotaurasaurus controversy

There is more to the specimen than its scientific importance. The ethics of collection, whether or not it was collected illegally, is a factor for the journal to consider in making the decision as to whether or not to accept it. What if a specimen was stolen from a museum? Should that not factor into the issue of publishing on it?


Dann Pigdon wrote:
Quoting Tim Williams <tijawi@yahoo.com>:


Paper sparks fossil fury ------------------------

Palaeontologists criticize publication of specimen with questionable origin.

Rex Dalton

Palaeontologists are criticizing a new article on an armoured dinosaur fossil
because the 80-million-year-old specimen may have been taken illegally from
the Gobi Desert. The prominent California neuroscientist who purchased the
fossil five years ago says he will send it back, to China or Mongolia, if
someone can demonstrate that laws were indeed broken.

I don't understand the objection to publishing the description. The legality of the specimen's ownership should have no bearing on it's scientific importance.


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