Originally Posted by idfnl
I'm not a scientist, so I can't comment on protocol. Just the other day I read whispers that they found some form of life on Mars, so you might also say its a bad sign for folks inside of NASA to comment before its confirmed?
The NASA people mentioned that they were going to "make an announcement of historical significance" and some reporters ran way too far with it.
My interpretation is that they believe we've found a living homonid and that there's a real fear that the hunting crowd will go to town on a species which should be granted human rights. I don't see a problem.
Hmm yes, a species that has been so elusive that nobody has even been able to confirm its existence is suddenly going to be in danger of human assassination. Makes sense.