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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

No Competing Interests

The Darwinius affair continues. Let's recap the events.

As Atlantic Productions puts it on their website ..
THE LINK is a major multi-platform event including a landmark documentary, book, and interactive website to coincide with the publication of scientific paper describing one of the most significant discoveries ever made.
The scientific paper was published in PLoS ONE at the same time the book went on sale and the TV showed was hyped. Here's the paper.
Franzen, J.L., Gingerich, P.D., Habersetzer, J., Hurum, J.H., von Koenigswald, W., and Smith, B.H. (2009) Complete Primate Skeleton from the Middle Eocene of Messel in Germany: Morphology and Paleobiology. PLoS ONE 4(5): e5723. [doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0005723]
Here's the TV show produced by Atlantic Productions. The book is on sale. The flashy website is active.

The first page of the article has the standard disclaimer ...
Competing interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.
Read what Earle Holland has to say about the definition of "competing interest." Carl Zimmer is on the case, waiting to hear back from PLoS ONE.

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