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Who was responsible for Piltdown Man ?

Posted on Monday, 6 February, 2012 | Comment icon 17 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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Researchers are conducting a new study to determine who was behind one of archaeology's greatest hoaxes.

Piltdown Man was the name given to an alleged human ancestor unearthed in a gravel pit in England 100 years ago in the form of skull fragments that revealed it to have a large brain but a primitive jawbone and teeth. The find caused a sensation at the time, that was until it was revealed to be nothing more than a hoax. Now researchers are hoping to study the fragments in more detail to determine who might have been behind what continues to be one of the biggest archaeological hoaxes in history.

"In a few weeks, a group of British researchers will enter the labyrinthine store of London's Natural History Museum and remove several dark-coloured pieces of primate skull and jawbone from a small metal cabinet."

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Comment icon #8 Posted by FurthurBB on 8 February, 2012, 14:18
Really interesting article! I hope they find what they are looking for.
Comment icon #9 Posted by FurthurBB on 8 February, 2012, 14:19
Evolution has nothing to do with atheism. There is nothing about evolution that would create unbelievers.
Comment icon #10 Posted by FurthurBB on 8 February, 2012, 14:22
Obviously you have no idea what you are talking about. All roads of evidence lead to evolution. No one needs to fudge data or ignore anything and no one is shoving money at anyone to prove something so evidenced. If you had more faith in your own beliefs you would not need lies to make them seem reasonable.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Sundew on 8 February, 2012, 20:18
Point taken, for the Bible says, "Always be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect". However, this hoax was perpetuated as fact in school textbooks long after the truth about it was revealed, and for all I know is STILL being treated as a fact. So a little scientific honesty couldn't hurt either unless of course the goal is indoctrination and not education. Of all the children who were taught the "facts" of Piltdown Man, how many will ever learn that it was faked? It... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by Neognosis on 8 February, 2012, 20:37
Do you have evidence for this claim? Also, to be clear again, because I don't think some of you understand... Piltdown man was reexamined when a flood of new evidence conflicted with the timeline that a genuine Piltdown man would have necessitated. This is how "science" works. We form theories and timelines based on evidence. So, when the theory and timeline was called into question by new evidence, scientists reexamined the old evidence. And thus found it to be faked. This is different from belief and religion, where nothing new happens and evidence or lack thereof mean... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by FurthurBB on 8 February, 2012, 22:35
Yeah, I would also like to see some evidence of this. I have heard this said by many creationists, but have never seen actual evidence that it was taught as a fact in any school.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Myles on 8 February, 2012, 22:59
Which means that most that we know may not be fact. "fact-as-we-know-it" and fact are 2 different things. That being said, the piltdown man was not used to crush creationalists. If anything, it was just pushed along too fast.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Copasetic on 8 February, 2012, 23:45
I'm with Neo and calling bullsh*&! This is most certainly a claim that requires evidence. As someone who has been involved on and off with education for a long time--I've never seen piltdown man claimed "as a fact" in any text book regarding evolution, even rather simple ones. So without further ado, could you provide evidence to support your claim? A textbook and the state or district it was used in perhaps? Because I see a lot of creationists claiming this (or people who've been duped by repeated creationist propaganda), but never any support for it put... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by SatampraZeiros on 26 February, 2012, 22:25
so its bad that Piltdown man was taught as "fact" but its not that bad that the "virgin" Mary is also taught as fact? or Christmas? ho ho ho. I guess creationists and evolutionists arent so different after all huh?
Comment icon #17 Posted by Neognosis on 27 February, 2012, 14:33
Well, that's the thing with science. Science uses EVIDENCE to support theories. When the evidence is intentionally hoaxed, then the resulting theory will be incorrect. But, when new EVIDENCE emerged, causing scientists to take another look at piltdown man because he didn't conform to the newly unearthed evidence, they discovered he was a hoax. If scientists behaved like creationists, they would NOT have gone back and reexamined Piltdown man. Instead, they would have tried to subvert and discredit the new evidence.

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