Skip to comments.History of modern man unravels as German scholar is exposed as fraud 
Posted on 01/14/2015 9:55:35 AM PST by SeekAndFind
It appeared to be one of archaeology's most sensational finds. The skull fragment discovered in a peat bog near Hamburg was more than 36,000 years old - and was the vital missing link between modern humans and Neanderthals.
This, at least, is what Professor Reiner Protsch von Zieten - a distinguished, cigar-smoking German anthropologist - told his scientific colleagues, to global acclaim, after being invited to date the extremely rare skull.
However, the professor's 30-year-old academic career has now ended in disgrace after the revelation that he systematically falsified the dates on this and numerous other "stone age" relics.
Yesterday his university in Frankfurt announced the professor had been forced to retire because of numerous "falsehoods and manipulations". According to experts, his deceptions may mean an entire tranche of the history of man's development will have to be rewritten.
"Anthropology is going to have to completely revise its picture of modern man between 40,000 and 10,000 years ago," said Thomas Terberger, the archaeologist who discovered the hoax. "Prof Protsch's work appeared to prove that anatomically modern humans and Neanderthals had co-existed, and perhaps even had children together. This now appears to be rubbish."
The scandal only came to light when Prof Protsch was caught trying to sell his department's entire chimpanzee skull collection to the United States.
(Excerpt) Read more at theguardian.com ...
Good thing climatologists are completely honest.
I am sure he can get a position in the US at almost any University wholly lacking in ethics and responsibility.
That list BTW, is a long one.
Good grief. Lying scientists and anthropologists.
And now this.
He thought he could make a monkey out of us!
The article is dated 2005.
There has been a lot of real science since then, indicating overlap of humans and Neanderthals, and probable interbreeding.
RE: Margaret Mead
Mead’s research has come under criticism since her death. Shortly after her death anthropologist Derek Freeman published a book refuting many of Mead’s conclusions.
Freeman initially received considerable backlash and harsh criticism from the anthropology community. Mead’s research was seen as supporting various political positions and an attack on Mead was seen as a bigger attack on these political ideals. However, additional anthropologists who studied the Samoans confirmed most of Freeman’s findings and contradicted those of Mead.
While Mead was careful to shield the identity of all her subjects for confidentiality one participant in her study was found and interviewed and she said that her and her friends were having fun with Mead and telling her stories. Evolutionary psychologist Steven Pinker said:
“Margaret Mead disseminated the incredible claim that Samoans have no passions — no anger between parents and children or between a cuckold and seducer, no revenge, no lasting love or bereavement,... no adolescent turmoil. Derek Freeman and other anthropologists found that Samoan society in fact had widespread adolescent resentment and delinquency, a cult of virginity, frequent rape, reprisals by rape victim’s families,... sexual jealousy and strong religious feeling.” 
The full story is an incredible read, at least incredible to anyone who’s never been to college and had contact with the professorial elite and publish or perish academic priesthood. Like any profession, there’s a percentage made up of frauds. And it’s frequently the ones who are flamboyant with the biggest profiles in their field that turn out to be serial liars and cheats. It can take decades, as in this case, for them to be found out.
RE: There has been a lot of real science since then, indicating overlap of humans and Neanderthals, and probable interbreeding.
Interesting, could you cite a couple of studies and their links? Thanks.
Found on Google under
neanderthals and humans
What is the world coming to when you can’t trust a distinguished, cigar-smoking German?
The article I read is dated 2015.
Oops! Sorry, It IS dated 205.
No. Because they don’t exist. The whole discussion reminds me of the Piltdown Man and Arthur Conan Doyle.
The interesting thing about your Google search result is near the top, I find this:
Neanderthals Are Still Human!
Wow-I’m not surprised.
Those guys are treated like gods on earth on campus.
It's like they are totally infallible, when in fact, lots can't even fill out simple forms or follow the most rudimentary instructions.
Then how would she explain these guys...
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