Himalayan palaeontologic database polluted by recycling and other anomalies

John A. Talent, Glenn A. Brock, Michael J. Engelbretsen, Makato Kato, Richard Morante, Ross C. Talent

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Additional examples are given of assorted disinformation injected into the Devonian, Carboniferous, Triassic and Cainozoic literature on palaeontology of the Himalayas. These include biogeographically and temporally incredible conodont-brachiopod associations, phantom localities, and re-use ("recycling') of specimens. The "recycling' includes assemblages of Carboniferous corals and Triassic and Carboniferous conodonts used as documentation for reports from specific regions of the Himalayas being used subsequently as "documentation' of reports from other regions, an illustration of a Welsh Carboniferous coral specimen being used as basis for a "report' from Kashmir, and a Silurian coral specimen reported from two regions, with different names. Attention is also drawn to curious practices regarding co-authorship. -Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)575-586
Number of pages12
JournalJournal - Geological Society of India
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1989


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