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Reminiscent of the religious whack-job who suppressed research on the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Controversial femur could belong to ancient human relative

"This specimen is really important. It's critical," says Macchiarelli, who has shared his unpublished report with Nature's news team. The femur probably belongs to a species called Sahelanthropus tchadensis, he says. The bone is important because it could settle whether the species is the earliest hominin yet found, as its discoverers have claimed after analysing the skull2. "This is a fantastic occasion to finally tell people what we have, and what we know about this specimen."

The Anthropological Society of Paris told Nature that it had rejected 6 out of 65 abstracts. It said: "This work is conducted by an independent and impartial scientific committee, which is sovereign in its decision. Hence, any accusation about this would not be founded"



She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Wed Jan 24th, 2018 at 05:36:05 PM EST
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wasn't that whack job the Catholic church?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Jan 25th, 2018 at 08:10:07 PM EST
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Not the whole RCC, just one Catholic priest whose reading of the archeology was ludicrous and a band of second rate academics on the make.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Fri Jan 26th, 2018 at 05:18:57 AM EST
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the warning I infer from publicity about conflict among the factions who claim ownership--much less possession-- of the information is,
orthodoxy or heterodoxy
is an essential profession of political agreement among people regardless of the scope of their organization, or domains of purported mastery. Withholding quantities and significance of information from interested yet excluded parties is a purposeful action in any case. That is control of a social structure which preserves uncertain divisions of labor and values of knowledge.

Latin literacy or hominin speciation, for example, is a quite esoteric occupation. Though the former has fallen into disuse (Vatican II), the latter still preoccupies the minds of millions "laity" seeking a rationale for natural laws of evolutionary progress, intelligence, prosperity and primacy.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jan 26th, 2018 at 09:31:44 PM EST
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More simple.

Dicklesnook - Roland de Vaux - couldn't tell the difference between a Roman dining area with eating couches and a medieval monastic scriptorium.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri Jan 26th, 2018 at 09:56:12 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jan 26th, 2018 at 10:27:19 PM EST
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