Skip to comments.APRIL FOOLS' DAY PICTURES: Four Historic Science Hoaxes
Posted on 04/01/2009 9:09:50 AM PDT by JoeProBono
In 1912 scientists thought they'd discovered the elusive missing link between human and ape. Found in a gravel pit in Piltdown, England, a set of intriguing skull and jaw fragments were later reconstructed by the British Museum into a human-like head with an ape-like jaw.
In 1953 it turned out the find wasn't proof of anythingother than the skill of the still anonymous forger. The skull was a medieval human's. The jaw was an orangutan's. And the teeth were a chimp's.
Did science have a poor understanding of Latin, hence the misleading etymology, or did science consider "dinosaurs" to actually have been lizards, stormer?
I’m certain there are those that would believe that.
Did they prosecute everyone who lied to the Nazis? Idiots.
Maybe if I down a quart of gin and squint really hard, I might be able to see the dinoaur in that.
Ahh, but you forget the fragment of a pig's tooth that was found in the US in the late 1800s and touted as coming from the "missing link". Drawings of the "man" and his "family" were made, until someone unearthed the rest of the pig. It was an ancient pig, but a pig nonetheless.
Was he Jewish? < /sarc >
Islamists proclaim that Jews are the offspring of pigs and monkeys.
* Lizards have a 3-chambered heart, birds have a 4-chambered heart.
Just one flaw in your reasoning.
Dinosaurs were not lizards. After birds their closest living relatives are crocodilains = four chambered heart
I love those pictures.
Man! Sure didn’t take very long for your thread to get hijacked. Could have been fun. I’m outta here.
Unfortunately, the Nazis were not the only demographic he defrauded...although I kind of think of him as a very sympathetic character, and certainly a master technician in his own right as a painter. I suppose a loose parallel could be drawn with the American mafioso who assisted in intelligence gathering in Italy during the war. They did a service to their nation in the time of war, but their motives tended to be in service of their own interests rather than for any grand patriotic reasons.
> Dinosaurs were not lizards. After birds their closest
> living relatives are crocodilains = four chambered heart
OK, let’s see if I’ve got this straight.
Dinosaurs are more closely related to creatures that have hollow bones, feathers, and fly than they are to scale-covered, solid-boned reptiles that walk on all fours.
Like I said.
You can believe and teach what you want.
Just extend the same courtesy to me.
Always wondered about those. Is there a provenance for the photos that could authenticate? If so, was the “pterodactyl” known in that era? It looks to be immediate post-Civil War, maybe a popular newspaper sensation at the time? The “wings” are suspiciously formed in the first pic. The rest, hard to say.
Flying reptiles are no more related to birds than are bats.
But if you want to think so, have at it.
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