Radiometric dating of human fossils

It cannot be denied as a very embarrassing hoax that tricked even the scientific community for decades.

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It is fine to hypothesize that similarities between different creatures are the result of common ancestry, but since such similarities have been and are often conflicting when compared with other features, it might be prudent to hold back a little when making conclusions about any sort of definite taxonomic classification model or even relationship.

The conclusions that are drawn from the evidence are often and have often been very much exaggerated to fit personal beliefs and biases.

Other arguments contend that the differences from other fossil hominids are said to have turned Piltdown Man into a puzzling anomaly well before the hoax was discovered and, that by the time the hoax was revealed, most scientists were rather relieved to be finally rid of Piltdown Man.

Even if this is true, the success of such an apparently obvious hoax seems quite impressive indeed.

The success of this hoax for almost 40 years is pretty impressive.

However, had the original bones been available for study, this hoax would probably not have continued for as long as it did.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.Yes, even scientists have biases and favorite theories.No one, not even a scientist, likes to see a theory that has cost a great deal of money and much of one's personal time and effort, go up in smoke.Mary Leakey also said pretty much the same thing just before her death at the age of 83.

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