Re: [asa] Doubting science

From: Murray Hogg <>
Date: Thu Dec 03 2009 - 16:49:35 EST

Hi Gordon,

This is not an isolated case, and the proliferation of faked fossils coming out of China is a serious concern;

Fortunately, the practice is now familiar to palaeontologists so that - like those who trade in arts and antiquities - issues of authenticity are now given serious consideration.

> Another possible analog of the Piltdown hoax was an event a few years
> ago when the National Geographic was fooled by a Chinese farmer who had
> made some money for himself by putting together parts of two different
> fossils and claiming that they were of a single individual. I don't
> think the identity or motivation of the Piltdown hoaxer are known, but
> it does not appear that in either of the cases I have cited the hoaxer
> was trying to advance his own scientific theory. Rather it was a case of
> scientists too interested in amassing evidence for their theories so
> that they were gullible to such hoaxes.
> Gordon Brown (ASA member)

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