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• Much of the detail at the base of the skull was pulled off.
• The left outer eye socket and two teeth were broken off and glued back. Bits of molded rubber still adhere to some sections.
• Long, deep cuts mark the lower edge of the hobbit's jaw on both sides, left by a blade used to cut away molded rubber.
• The chin of a second hobbit jaw was snapped off, losing bone. It was glued back together misaligned and at an incorrect angle.
• The pelvis was smashed, perhaps in transit, destroying details that reveal body shape, gait and evolutionary history.
Jacob denies that any damage was done to the bones in his lab - or even that a cast has been made. "(The Australians) blame us for everything," he says. "They think they own the skulls and they own the cave and they think Indonesia is part of Australia. The Indonesian government has regulations about making and selling casts. So you cannot make them easily. You have to follow the rules and the government can intervene if you make something wrong.''
Although no unauthorized copies of the cast have surfaced, Morwood has drafted a letter asserting that the intellectual property rights to the bones, including casts, belong to the Jakarta Center for Archaeology, whose scientists are on his team.
Originally posted by Nygdan
I don't know what's more disturbing, the fact that one scientists is tempestuously holding the fossil hostage and severly damaging it (while at the same time saying the fossil is just a freak) or that other scientists are resorting to establishing copyright and intellectual rights over something that belongs to everyone.
my guess :: he is religious or is controlled by religious people
Hopefully this will only be one of many finds related to these "hobbit" people
Originally posted by Dakaramor
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