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.Until we secure more of the dentition, or parts of the skull or of the skeleton, we cannot be certain whether However, even if Osborn made some foolish statements about Nebraska Man, the claim is that most other scientists of the day did not even think that the Nebraska Man tooth was from a primate at all.In fact, the tooth was generally dismissed and had a negligible effect on the scientific thinking of the day.The success of this hoax for almost 40 years is pretty impressive.
In 1953 Kenneth Of course many scientists love to predict the discussion of Piltdown Man by those who are doubtful of evolution.
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.
So obviously, the point of including the Piltdown Man hoax in this discussion is to show that even scientists are, or at least have been, capable and possibly even willing to overlook something if it matches their preconceived ideas.
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