Prestatiebeloning in de paleontologie

Soms vind je weer ergens een mooi bewijs voor de onverwachte en ongewenste effecten die prestatiebeloning kan hebben.

In the meantime, back on Dubois’s old turf of Java, a team led by Ralph von Koenigswald had found another group of early humans, which became known as the Solo People from the site of their discovery on the Solo River at Ngandong. Koenigswald’s discoveries might have been more impressive still but for a tactical error that was realized too late. He had offered locals ten cents for every piece of hominid bone they could come up with, then discovered to his horror that they had been enthusiastically smashing large pieces into small ones to maximize their income.

Citaat uit: Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything

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