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Re: Minotaurasaurus controversy
> It is terrible about the provenance of the specimen, because it is
> scientifically important. But the problem with publishing on a
> specimen like this is that it will encourage illegal trade in fossils.
I seriously doubt that illegal fossil dealers care whether or not papers get
published about the
material or not. Unless of course the author's state in the article that
they're on the lookout for
more material and are willing to pay almost any amount, no questions asked.
Even if illegal fossil
dealers did read scientific journals, somehow I doubt such a statement would
make it through peer-
Plenty of specimens have been described from museum collections with little or
data (Dyslocosaurus comes to mind). Come to think of it, anything sitting
around in a museum for
a long time may well date back to the days when fossil collecting involved
fighting off the local
indigenous people, or simply taking things without asking because it was for
the 'greater good'
(Elgin marbles). Should we not study and publish such specimens, despite the
fact that their
scientific value is not diminished by their method of acquisition?
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