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RE: Minotaurasaurus controversy

English not being my native language, maybe I have failed to be clear. What I 
meant by "properly published" it's a new publication that replaces the former 
one, assigns a new name to the fossil, and drops the bad guy into oblivion... 
(".. The name of the perpetrator..."). 
This way, a double purpose will be attained: first the data on the specimen 
will not be lost to the scientific community, and second, by not giving credit 
to an author who does not respect ethical guidelines, such kind of works will 
be discouraged. After all, what's the use of working hard and not getting any 
credit for it? 
I hope I made myself a little more understandable. 
Cheers to you,  
Luis Oscar Romero, lor@fibertel.com.ar 
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From: Jaime Headden  
Receiver: lor  
Time: 2009-02-03, 22:35:33 
Subject: RE: Minotaurasaurus controversy 

A published name is a published name. The issue is the ethics in publishing 
when the provenance and aquisition of the material is in question AND when it 
derives from either of two countries that have anti-trade laws involved in the 
sale of fossils, which the authors admitted to. Note, however, that the fossil 
was found with matrix that CAN be used to pinpoint a formation by its 


  Jaime A. Headden 

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> Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2009 21:44:33 -0200 
> From: lor@fibertel.com.ar 
> Subject: RE: Minotaurasaurus controversy 
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu 
> It seems pretty obvious to me that if the specimen is confiscated and 
> delivered to the proper authorities, they, in time, will have it properly 
> published, and maybe even can add some location data to the fossil.  
> Alas, the name of the perpetrator is not likely to be used... ;-)  
> Luis Oscar Romero, lor@fibertel.com.ar  
> 2009-02-03  

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