All posts tagged with hoaxes

Fake spiders and paleontological forgery

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A paper by paleontologist Paul Selden in Paleoentomology describes an interesting case of paleontological forgery: “The supposed giant spider Mongolarachne c...

Link: Buzzfeed Bigfoot longread

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I’ve had this Buzzfeed article sitting on my stack for two months: “The Hunter, The Hoaxer, And The Battle Over Bigfoot”. For people interested in biological...

Random Scholar: "Plenty of genuine tails"

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I was doing some research involving Aleš Hrdlička, and ran across this curious item published in Science in 1926 (“Human tails: a statement and correction”),...

Quote: Earnest Hooton on Piltdown

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I’ve been flipping through Earnest Hooton’s Up From the Ape (1946 edition). It’s a remarkable book for many reasons. I’m almost transfixed by his discussion ...

P. T. Barnum's gorilla

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In the course of my research for the ape strength article, I ran across an old piece from The Atlantic Monthly, in which Alexander Young gives a long satire ...