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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 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.
To mark April Fools’ Day, National Geographic News summarized some historic scientific hoaxes: Piltdown Man, Cardiff Giant, Archaeoraptor, and Bigfoot.
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?
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?
The February 2007 issue of National Geographic recapitulated Ernest Haeckel’s mistaken belief that human embryos retrace their evolutionary ancestry.
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.
According to researchers at Oxford University, a number of human skeletal remains are not nearly as old as had been previously claimed.
“Britain’s Greatest Hoax” is the title of the Timewatch investigation of the Piltdown Man fraud, shown on BBC2 television recently.
Later this week, BBC–TV will run a documentary on the Piltdown apeman, ‘the greatest hoax of the 20th century.’
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’.
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.