Monday, October 16, 2006

Piltdown's lessons for modern science
Hopefully, the Piltdown saga has taught those of us who study the evolution of humans some important lessons that we should apply today.

Firstly, we mustn't let preconceived ideas run away with us. Secondly, specimens have to pass certain basic tests.

Science thrives on scepticism, which is why the extraordinary discovery of the "Hobbit" fossils in Indonesia has prompted a lively scientific debate over its status.

True dat.

Not a whole lot of analysis in the piece but it gives a nice outline of the Poltdown hoax, plus the Cricket Bat which I honestly hadn't heard of before.