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Reiko07
Posted: Friday, June 25, 2021 6:31:24 AM

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“According to the laws of chemistry and physics, the preservation of dinosaur proteins is completely paradoxical,” says Jasmina Wiemann, a doctoral candidate studying molecular paleobiology at Yale and lead author of the new study in Nature Communications.
Dinosaur soft tissues preserved as polymers

Question: Why is there no definite article before lead author?

FounDit
Posted: Friday, June 25, 2021 9:22:31 AM

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Reiko07 wrote:
“According to the laws of chemistry and physics, the preservation of dinosaur proteins is completely paradoxical,” says Jasmina Wiemann, a doctoral candidate studying molecular paleobiology at Yale and lead author of the new study in Nature Communications.
Dinosaur soft tissues preserved as polymers

Question: Why is there no definite article before lead author?


I would say it's because "lead author" is being used as a title. You could use "the", but it would be a bit redundant. If there are several authors, but only one is "the" lead author, then that person is "lead author". That descriptive noun is used as a title, but not capitalized since it isn't an official title. It is a job function title, similar to "foreman".
Reiko07
Posted: Saturday, June 26, 2021 1:31:08 AM

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Thanks, FounDit.

Bathcoup
Posted: Tuesday, June 29, 2021 5:12:02 PM
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Reiko07 wrote:
“According to the laws of chemistry and physics, the preservation of dinosaur proteins is completely paradoxical,” says Jasmina Wiemann, a doctoral candidate studying molecular paleobiology at Yale and lead author of the new study in Nature Communications.
Dinosaur soft tissues preserved as polymers

Question: Why is there no definite article before lead author?
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Doing a PhD at Yale, she's unlikely also a `lead author` for some science magazine. I'd think she's the lead author of that research paper
published in Nature Communications. It's a case of the "the" being omitted (not forgotten). Because of "the new study", the sentence
reads better without the missing "the". I'd expect to see " ... and the lead author of a new study in Nature Communications".
Reiko07
Posted: Wednesday, June 30, 2021 11:16:33 PM

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