Thursday, February 20, 2020
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help    |   Cookie Policy    |   Privacy Policy    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Pink mouse and pop-eyed frog were 'made up'


Posted on Monday, 13 January, 2020 | Comment icon 4 comments

Some pranksters have managed to take the scientific community for a ride. Image Credit: PD - pxfuel
Every now and again, someone manages to sneak a fictitious species into a distinguished scientific journal.
With an aim to further the progress of science by publishing reputable new research and discoveries, journals have long been the go-to source for all the latest developments in the world of science.

While there is general expectation that the research featured in these journals meets a certain scientific standard, sometimes someone manages to publish something deliberately absurd.

Take the case of Austrian entomologist Hans Malicky, for example. Back in the 1960s, he chaired the Entomological Society of Austria and also published the society's newsletter - Entomologische Nachrichtenblatt - until being relieved of the role for failing to keep its content relevant.

He soon got his own back however when he managed to submit an article to another of the society's publications under the pseudonym Otto Suteminn. The piece detailed the discovery of two new species of flea from Nepal that, as it turned out, were completely fictitious.
It wasn't until 1972 that another flea expert published an article pointing out that Suteminn's article was full of made-up information, not least of which being the example mammal species on which the fleas could allegedly be found - Canis fossor ("canine gravedigger") and Apodemus roseus ("the pink wood mouse") - both just as fabricated as the fleas on which the paper was based.

Another well known example of a fake species making it into a scientific journal was in a study focusing on Rana magnaocularis ("the pop-eyed frog") published in 1978 in the Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa - a publication that focused on reptiles and amphibians.

"Night collecting along roads in Ontario has revealed a new species of frog strikingly characterized by enormous eyes and a flattened body," the fictitious author 'Rank Fross' wrote.

It turned out that the "pop-eyed frog" was actually just a tongue-in-cheek reference to another, common species of frog often found squashed on the roadside.

Source: MIT.edu | Comments (4)

Tags: Pink Wood Mouse

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Tom1200 on 13 January, 2020, 13:19
When it comes to the ultimate list of the finest, mind-boggling, Earth-shattering hoaxes I'm not sure a made-up flea will rank very highly...   On the other hand - what if this 'invented' species is real, but has been dubbed a hoax by 'the scientific community'?  What are they trying to keep secret from us?  Why is this new flea so worrying?  Is it dangerous?  Does it spread a new, enhanced version of the plague, which will wipe out 95% of humanity?  Why haven't we been told about this?  Who are the 1%* that will be allowed to hide from this pandemic in hermetically sealed government bunkers f... [More]
Comment icon #2 Posted by South Alabam on 14 January, 2020, 1:14
 
Comment icon #3 Posted by stereologist on 15 January, 2020, 16:43
This should be a good lesson to those that cling furiously to single fringe articles in journals that there are errors in journals and that the publication of an article is the first step in providing information to other researchers. It does not mean that the article is necessarily correct. 
Comment icon #4 Posted by butterflygirl1 on 15 January, 2020, 19:44
This is a very crucial point. In insect taxonomy there are a number of rogue articles which do not meet the acceptable standards but these are often widely cited which makes it a huge effort to correct these works. For once example, when I was a student I had to publish a huge paper to rebut an article merely a couple of pages long...


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

6662268
277962
183863

 
Mount Shasta cloud photo sparks UFO rumors
2-20-2020
This distinctive disc-shaped cloud formation was recently photographed by a worker in the Cascade Mountains.
Berserker Vikings drank hallucinogenic tea
2-19-2020
Scientists have determined what it was that made the fiercest Viking warriors so fearless and ferocious.
SpaceX in new bid to send tourists into space
2-19-2020
The space firm is expanding into the space tourism sector with plans to send tourists as early as 2021.
Ghost Hunters S2 promises 'indisputable proof'
2-19-2020
Season two of the rebooted Ghost Hunters TV show will reportedly offer up concrete evidence of the afterlife.
Stories & Experiences
The babysitter
2-8-2020 | ON
 
Mystery brain surgery and JFK
2-7-2020 | Toronto Ontario Canada
 
 
I keep bringing spirits home
2-7-2020 | Michigan
 
Dog and Jamaican statue
1-10-2020 | Canada
 
 
Life changing experience
12-19-2019 | Australia
 
Unexplained smoke or fog
12-19-2019 | West Texas, USA
 
He came in the night
12-19-2019 | CA
 
My reptilian encounter
11-24-2019 | Ireland and Australia
 

         More stories | Send us your story
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Adam Savage and Spot
Posted 2-14-2020 | 3 comments
Adam Savage tests out Boston Dynamics' impressive Spot robot.
 
NASA 2020: Are you ready ?
Posted 1-1-2020 | 3 comments
A look at what's coming up in the world of spaceflight this year.
 
Is it possible to levitate a human ?
Posted 12-15-2019 | 2 comments
Science enthusiast Rick Edwards attempts to unlock the secret of levitation.
 
 View: More videos
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.712 Unexplained-Mysteries.com (c) 2001-2020
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ