The Loom

Bones on the Loose

Homo floresiensis update: The Economist weighs in on the "borrowing" of the fossils. They mention that when the bones were removed, they were simply stuffed in a leather bag. This is not exactly the sort of procedure you see in protocols for avoiding contamination of ancient DNA. In the Australian, the discoverers of "Florence" vow to return to the fossil site, and this time they’ll put their discoveries in a really good safe. Wise move.

Comments

  1. #1 Vasha
    December 16, 2004

    Hmm… sounds as if one prominent Indonesian anthropologist is making a good start toward becoming much less widely respected. How much unethical behavior can a scientist commit before they lose their license as a “doyen” (the Economist’s term)?

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