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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.

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.

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 success of the Piltdown Man hoax gives us an interesting look into human nature.

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.

But still, it is interesting to note that no one suspected the hoax despite "close inspection" of the specimen for almost 40 years.

The success of this hoax for almost 40 years is pretty impressive.