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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 01:02 PM
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Battle for 'the Hobbit': professor stuns world of science by locking it up
All the experts who have studied her tiny skull and skeleton believe the "hobbit woman" found on a remote Indonesian island represents a new human species that only died out in recent history. However, a maverick scientist disputes this interpretation, saying she was just another member of our own species but with a congenital dwarfism disease.

Now, Professor Teuku Jacob of Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia has taken the matter into his own hands by locking her remains away in his personal vaults, making it difficult for other scientists to gain access.

Anthropologists fear that scientists outside Indonesia could be prevented from studying the remains of what they are convinced is a dwarf species of human, named Homo floresiensis after the island of Flores where it lived until at least 11,000BC.
It is understood that Professor Jacob took possession of the bones under the terms of a private agreement with a long-time colleague, Professor Radien Soejono of Indonesia's Centre for Archaeology in Jakarta, who was also a member of the team who made the discovery and analysed the bones. However, according to one scientist close to the dispute, the bones were handed over without the knowledge or permission of the centre's director, Tony Djubiantono, or other senior members of his staff. "They are extremely angry about this and are demanding that the material be returned as soon as possible or they will be making formal complaints at ministerial level," the scientist said.

What a bastard!
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Trajan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 01:05 PM
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1. Reminiscent of the battle for 'The Dead Sea Scrolls' ....
Cept this time: Professors from Claremont College wont be able to undermine the subterfuge ...

Pity .....
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