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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.Three months before her death, she said in an interview, "All these trees of life with their branches of our ancestors, that's a lot of nonsense." Biases are of course part of human nature. Dawson found a mandible and a small piece of a skull in a gravel pit near Piltdown England.The jawbone was ape-like but the teeth had human characteristics. These two specimens were combined to form dawn man, which was supposedly 500,000 years old.Yes, even scientists have biases and favorite theories.No one, not even a scientist, likes to see a theory that has cost a great deal of money and much of one's personal time and effort, go up in smoke.Of course, the argument is that many scientists of the day did not think too much of Piltdown Man since many did not think that the cranium and the jaw were from the same creature.

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.

As we know nothing of the creature's form, his reconstruction is merely the expression of an artist's brilliant imaginative genius.

But if, as the peculiarities of the tooth suggest, I dare say that this disclaimer comment did not disclaim enough!

Mary Leakey also said pretty much the same thing just before her death at the age of 83.

Although Leakey was convinced that man had evolved from ape-like ancestors, she was equally convinced that scientists will never be able to prove a particular scenario of human evolution. As it is, popular sciences often refuse to admit that there are significant limitations to the evolutionary interpretations that are given out to the public as "gospel truth." Consider the evidence for yourself and judge if popular science has not and is not overstepping itself when it comes to its conclusions on "Early Man." or "dawn man." Discovered in 1912 by Charles Dawson, a medical doctor and amateur paleontologist.

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