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La Razon breaks Nature Denisova new human fossil embargo

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courtesy Nature

Another human fossil find, another broken embargo.

The Spanish newspaper La Razon broke the embargo on a Nature study out today describing the tip of ancient kid’s finger found in Denisova Cave in Siberia. Their story went up at least six and a half hours before today’s 1 p.m. Eastern embargo.

Nature asked La Razon to take down the story until the embargo, which they did. It’s now back up.

For a smart-as-always take on the find, see Brian Switek’s post. The Sydney Morning Herald couldn’t resist the obvious pun: “Giving accepted prehistoric history the finger.”

Hat tip: Razib Khan


Written by Ivan Oransky

December 22, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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