Why the secrecy? Simply, when a major scientific breakthrough is made, it is essential to first fully describe it to the scientific community. A peer-review process is completed and publication in an international scientific journal acts as a seal of authenticity and scientific rigour. Prior publication of any kind might diffuse both the significance of the discovery and the perceived veracity of the subject matter.Lee Berger has long worked in the field of australopithecine ancestry so I am guessing this is a find on the order of the importance of the Ardipithecus ramidus find publicized a few days ago. We shall see.
That’s why whatever has been discovered in South Africa must remain a secret.
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