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Take your time
September 6, 2009Posted by on
Tim White and Ardipithecus were the subject of some heated debate last week in the anthropology blogs. Scientific American published an editorial, which John Hawks commented on, followed by Kambiz at anthropology.net
I would fully support a paleoanthropological GenBank, and some sort of way to get research-quality casts into the hands of the people who require them for research. But, given the recent hoopla over Darwinius massillae, do we really think it’s a good idea to rush the Ardipithecus team?
Of course, there is probably a happy-medium between fifteen years and- what, like, a month? But given the choice, I think most of us would prefer careful, analytical science over a “news-at-ten” story.