Three months before her death, she said in an interview, "All these trees of life with their branches of our ancestors, that's a lot of nonsense." Biases are of course part of human nature. Dawson found a mandible and a small piece of a skull in a gravel pit near Piltdown England.The jawbone was ape-like but the teeth had human characteristics. These two specimens were combined to form dawn man, which was supposedly 500,000 years old.
Of course, the argument is that many scientists of the day did not think too much of Piltdown Man since many did not think that the cranium and the jaw were from the same creature.But still, it is interesting to note that no one suspected the hoax despite "close inspection" of the specimen for almost 40 years.It was not until 38 years after the bones had been "found" that the hoax was exposed.In 1953 Kenneth Of course many scientists love to predict the discussion of Piltdown Man by those who are doubtful of evolution.However, it was declared inadmissible by the judge.
was either an Ape-man or in the direct line of human ancestry, because I consider it quite possible that we may discover anthropoid apes (Simiidae) with teeth closely imitating those of man (Hominidae),...So, some caution might be in order before even long established theories are accepted as the "gospel truth", especially when some of the most famous scientists in the field start to question their own life's work.In considering the theory of human evolution it is interesting to note that some very well known scientists have actually suggested that the line of human evolution is far from clear.Taking isolated similarities by themselves, the theory of evolution appears to be quite reasonable... However, it seems that too much weight has been placed on similarities without questioning the differences.To the embarrassment of many a very intelligent man and woman of science, overly confident conclusions and arrogant statements have been made based on such similarities that have, on occasion, turned out to be not only wrong, but painfully wrong.For example, in 1990, Richard Leakey himself said that, "If pressed about man's ancestry, I would have to unequivocally say that all we have is a huge question mark.