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March 23, 2005

Flores remains damaged

Someone's managed to damage the Homo floresiensis remains.

Recall that there was a dispute over the bones when Indonesian paleoanthropologist, Teuku Jacob, 'borrowed' them apparently without the permission of the Australian discoverers. Well, Dr. Jacob returned the bones and now the Autralian team have claimed that he damaged them whilst making casts of the bones. Dr. Jacob denies having damaged the remains -- or even having made casts of them. He suggests the bones were damaged when being transported back to the Australian team.

In any case, they do appear to be pretty badly damaged -- John Hawks has posted some before-and-after photographs. Appalling.

Posted by theresa at 12:18 PM