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December 03, 2004

Hobbit Theft

A week ago Carl Zimmer hinted that a prominent Indonesian researcher had his eye on the "Hobbit" discovery from a month back, and that this scientist tended to "is known to guard fossils in his vault." Well, The Australian reports that other paleontologists are freaking out because it seems possible that the slimy Teuku Jacob is going to sequester as many of the remains as he can get his hands on (some are already behind his obscurantist firewall).

Are we surprised that a genuine scientific culture (as opposed to scientists or scientific discoveries) emerged just once in the history of our species?

Posted by razib at 02:07 AM