I had a quick look at the current edition of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology and came across an article by Gordon, Marcus and Wood (2013). The discuss whether it is possible to put information about skeletal collections onto one database so it is accessible to all researchers. The aim for this is to preserve and protect the skeletal collections that already exist as issues such as finance, loss of animal diversity and lack of time may prevent research from advancing.
They focus on the great apes as they are an important resource because they so closely related to humans. It is a really interesting article – and I will definitely be holding on to it for my future MA course as I’m sure that it will make a great point for discussion at some point.