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Science lifts dinosaur feathers study after Asahi Shimbun breaks embargo

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From an email that went out about 10:30 Eastern this morning to Science‘s press list:

The AAAS Office of Public Programs is lifting the embargo, effective immediately, on the article “A Diverse Assemblage of Late Cretaceous Dinosaur and Bird Feathers from Canadian Amber” by R.C. McKellar and colleagues, because this information has become publicly available. The embargo on the related Perspective, “Fossilized Feathers,” by M.A. Norell is lifted as well. Both articles are being published in the 16 September issue of Science and will be available
at sciencemag.org later today.

A summary of the article follows, and a copy of the manuscript is available at http://www.eurekalert.org/jrnls/sci/. The embargo is being lifted so that reporters may freely publish their coverage now. The rest of this week’s SciPak content will remain under embargo until 2 pm US ET today, 15 September.

Science‘s press office tells Embargo Watch:

The Asahi Shimbun in Japan accidentally published a story about this paper before the embargo lift time. The editor has explained that this was an honest mistake, caused by human error, and has apologized. I believe this is the first time this newspaper has broken a Science embargo – certainly it’s the first time in recent years. So, we will not be suspending them from access to our press package this time.

Given its prominence, it’s not surprising that Science has appeared frequently on Embargo Watch. Some examples:


Written by Ivan Oransky

September 15, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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