Update (2019/5/30)

  Science has corrected their negligence. We are grateful to the journal for their positive response and revision. The text has been changed, and a note at the end alerts readers: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/05/fossils-burmese-amber-offer-exquisite-view-dinosaur-times-and-ethical-minefield

 *Update, 29 May, 12:20 p.m.: This story has been updated to reflect the current ownership of the snake in amber specimen: Xiao and DIP have arranged for the institute to own that specimen, but it is loaned back to Xiao until 2027.

  I hope that DIP can maintain good cooperative relations with scientists and journals. If you have any suggestions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Mr. RAN Hao

Director of DIP




A Solemn Declaration from DIP (2019/5/26)

  The DIP has noted that Science published Sokol, J., 2019. Troubled treasure. Science 364 (6442): 722-729. DOI: 10.1126/science.364.6442.722. We are grateful to Science for its interest in Burmese amber. However, some of these statements are clearly not true, and these claims have seriously affected the reputation of the Institute. We express strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to it.
  1, "Xing flies to the nearby major city of Kunming, China, to meet with Xiao Jia, a wealthy private collector and online dealer who lent him that first snake in a piece of amber for study." and " as well as on the Amber snake, now housed in an exhibit in the back of Xiao's toy store in a Kunming mall."
  According to the agreement between DIP and Jia Xiao, the snake specimen (DIP-S-0907) has been donated to DIP by Jia Xiao. As part of the agreement, DIP lends the specimen to a Jia's private museum for a period of 10 years (2018-2027). During this time, any scientist can apply to observe/scan this specimen, please contact DIP directly.
  2, "If one day Myanmar gets peace, and they want to build a museum for amber or build a museum for natural history, [Xing's own institute] would love to return all the specimens to Myanmar," he says. "It's not going To come free. But yeah, we'd love to return them.""
  Dr. Xing Lida is the initiator of DIP, and we appreciate it. Currently, Xing is the visiting fellow of vertebrate Department. But DIP is definitely not "Xing's own institute". Any decision of the DIP will be determined jointly by the funder and the scientist community. This does not mean that we refuse to return the specimens. This declaration just stressed that the DIP is not "Xing's own institute".
  For these untrue situations, we have already entrusted a lawyer to handle it. For further inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us at dexu@vip.qq.com

Mr. RAN Hao

Director of DIP




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