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Discovery News seems to have broken embargo on PLoS One Kosmoceratops horned dinosaurs paper

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The discovery of new dinosaur species always generates some buzz in paleontology circles and the reporters who cover the subject. A paper published today in PLoS One about a pair of new horned dinosaur finds will likely be no exception, and it appears to have spawned at least one embargo break.

A Discovery post on the paper went up at 9 a.m. Eastern, three hours before the embargo was scheduled to lift. Sometime later, the time stamp on that post was changed to 12:00 Eastern. There’s no link to the original paper in the Discovery post. Trying to add that might have reminded the site of the correct embargo time — although PLoS has had issues with posting studies before embargoes lift.

PLoS tells me they’re looking into what happened, and I’ll update if I hear anything back.

For more context on the find, read the always insightful Brian Switek’s take, which went live once the embargo had lifted. For more on another recent PLoS One embargo break, see this post.


Written by Ivan Oransky

September 22, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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