posted on Jun, 15 2005 @ 02:27 PM
As scientists and professionals the research teams have an ethical responsibilty to put their differences behind them and get to the truth.
Not for nothing, but hte indonesian researcher on flores man is the one that is the obstructionist. The orignial research team was a group of
australians. They loaned the specimin to the indonesian researcher because he was well resepected in the field and region. He denounced the finds
after a cursory examination. He made casts of them, and thru simple incompetence and negligence, destroyed lots of information from the specimin, and
refuses to return it to the original researchers. The indonesians, in general, seem to be treating it as an 'imperialism' issue, with ausssies
coming into their country and changing their history and fighting with their researchers.
I don't see how the original team is to blame for any of this. Often when discoveries are made there is controversey, but generally the scientific
community can reach a consensus and lots of work comes out of it. A case in point is the issue of the origings of birds. Most researchers now
strongly agree that birds are descended from theropod dinosaurs, there was debate and controversy, but it didn't get 'in the way' of the study.
There are still some 'hold outs', but this doesn't prevent reserach from being done, and in those cases its actually gotten quite personal, with
the accusation that the "BAND" members (Birds Are Not Dinosaurs people) are being unscientific (since their arguements are,well, generally rather
poor and far to reliant upon authority of bird researchers and subjectivity).
But it doesn't prevent research, these controversies and the emotions that go along with them.
In the case of flores man tho, yes, that is what has happened, the specimin is literally
being held hostage.