Link: Embargo-breakers from the dawn of paleoanthropology

From Paige Madison, a historical note on the public revelation of Raymond Dart’s examination of the first australopith: “Announcing the Taung Child to the World”:

The Nature publication was set to appear February 3, 1925. However, as the date approached, there was no word from the journal. The Star finally contacted Nature and asked about the publication date, and Nature replied that Dart’s claims of the missing link were so unprecedented that the paper had been sent to various experts in England for review. But the reviewers had not yet gotten back to Nature. The Star informed Nature that they would not withhold their release, and would publish their story as planned on February 3.

Plus ça change…