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Piltdown Man and Other Frauds

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Piltdown Fraud

The Piltdown man fraud could be considered “the greatest example of evolutionary gullibility of the 20th century.” The faked human skull and orangutan jaw, crudely doctored to look like fossils, were touted as a missing link and proof of human evolution, until they were exposed as a fraud in 1953—about 40 years after their discovery.

Piltdown Man One of Many Frauds

Piltdown man is not the first supposed human ancestor to fall, but like all the others—like “Nutcracker man” and “Lucy”—was replaced by new candidates. We view the facts of science not through a set of evolutionary presuppositions but through the eyewitness account contained in the Word of God.

Historic Scientific Hoaxes

To mark April Fools’ Day, National Geographic News summarized some historic scientific hoaxes: Piltdown Man, Cardiff Giant, Archaeoraptor, and Bigfoot.

Ontogeny Recapitulates Phylogeny Has Been Disproven: Why Is It Still Being Used In Biology Textbooks?

Do human embryos replay the evolutionary history of their species as they develop? This idea has led many to believe that what is growing in a woman's womb is merely an animal that can be conveniently disposed of in its fish stage. Countless people have been convinced by the wonders of the developing embryo—falsely portrayed—that evolution must be true. Why is this falsified idea still accepted by many teachers and scientists?

Articles About Piltdown Man and Other Frauds

  • Semi-Technical Research Paper
    Recapitulation Repackaged and Re-Applied
    July 31, 2013 from News to Know

    Countless people have been convinced by the wonders of the developing embryo—falsely portrayed—that evolution must be true. Why is this falsified idea still accepted by many teachers and scientists?

  • Piltdown Pals
    Feb. 11, 2012 from News to Know

    The Wizard of Sussex and his Piltdown pals: Whodunit?

  • Technical Research Paper
    Fraud and Forgery in Paleoanthropology
    Dec. 23, 2009 from Answers Research Journal

    A review of the history of paleoanthropology leads to the conclusion that the discipline is far less objective than that for physics, chemistry, or even biology.

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  • Big Science Hoaxes
    April 4, 2009 from News to Know

    To mark April Fools’ Day, National Geographic News summarized some historic—and noteworthy, from our perspective—scientific hoaxes.

  • June 7, 2007 from Answers Magazine

    The February 2007 issue of National Geographic recapitulated Ernest Haeckel’s mistaken belief that human embryos retrace their evolutionary ancestry.

  • Upper Paleolithic Blues: Consequences of Recent Dating Fiasco on Human Evolutionary Prehistory
    April 13, 2005

    The evolutionary history of modern humans could be in for a bumpy ride following revelations that a German anthropologist, Professor Reiner Protsch von Zieten, falsified dates of human remains.

  • Ancient Humans Are Not All That Ancient
    Feb. 25, 2005

    According to researchers at Oxford University, a number of human skeletal remains are not nearly as old as had been previously claimed.

  • The Piltdown Man Fraud
    Nov. 24, 2003

    Britain’s Greatest Hoax is the title of the ‘Timewatch’ investigation of the Piltdown Man fraud, shown on BBC2 television recently. Dr. A. J. Monty White discusses this prominent evolutionary fraud.

  • A Century of Fraud
    Nov. 18, 2003

    Later this week, BBC–TV will run a documentary on the Piltdown apeman, ‘the greatest hoax of the 20th century.’

  • Magazine Article
    ‘Nebraska Man’ Revisited
    Sept. 1, 1991, pp. 13–14

    More about ‘Nebraska man’—that now-discarded pig’s tooth that was reconstructed by some to look as though it came from a primitive evolutionary ‘ape-man’.

  • Magazine Article
    News on the Piltdown Hoax
    Jan. 1, 1979, pp. 19–20

    An article in Nature magazine titled “New Light on the Piltdown Hoax?” claims to have fresh circumstantial evidences as to the perpetrator of the fraud.

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