Janet Stemwedel at Adventures in Ethics and Science has an excellent discussion on the roles and relationships between senior and junior scientists regarding "standing against bad behavior and standing with the members of the community who are harmed by it".
Regardless of how one feels about the specific case that is mentioned, this is an important read for all on the importance of "develop[ing] standards that help the whole community work together to build a reliable body of knowledge and a group of responsible practitioners". As Stemwedel argues this should be the ultimate goal of all scientific fields including vertebrate paleontology.
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