How paleontologists estimate geologic time through radiometric dating
For example, in 1990, Richard Leakey himself said that, "If pressed about man's ancestry, I would have to unequivocally say that all we have is a huge question mark.
To date, there has been nothing found to truthfully purport as a transitional specie to man, including Lucy, since 1470 was as old and probably older.
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.
It was not until 38 years after the bones had been "found" that the hoax was exposed.
In 1953 Kenneth Of course many scientists love to predict the discussion of Piltdown Man by those who are doubtful of evolution.
The conclusions that are drawn from the evidence are often and have often been very much exaggerated to fit personal beliefs and biases.
This is a strange conclusion considering the fact that a published picture of Nebraska Man in a popular and "respectable" news magazine did not raise very much objection from the scientific community of the day.
The reply to this argument is often an appeal to a disclaimer that was published below the picture detailing the speculative nature of the picture. Forestier has made a remarkable sketch to convey some idea of the possibilities suggested by this discovery.
It cannot be denied as a very embarrassing hoax that tricked even the scientific community for decades.
It is readily admitted that many scientists believed in Piltdown Man wholeheartedly and made some rather foolish statements concerning the meaning of this "find." It is also admitted that Piltdown Man's general acceptance as a "missing link" was due to the fact that it matched the prevailing opinion of the time as to what such as missing link would look like.