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Paleontology has a ‘parachute science’ problem. 

21/06/2023 08:03 PM | Click to read full article

"Parachute palaeontology," a term used to describe the practices of scientists from high-income countries studying or collecting fossils in middle- and low-income countries without collaborating with local experts, has raised concerns. Researchers have compiled data showing that 97% of fossil publications come from high- and upper-middle-income countries, with countries like Brazil, Mexico, and Myanmar being particularly affected. These practices discourage local expertise and can result in unethical research.