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February 23, 2005

Myth exposed as myth

From WorldNetDaily:

A flamboyant anthropology professor, whose work had been cited as evidence Neanderthal man once lived in Northern Europe, has resigned after a German university panel ruled he fabricated data and plagiarized the works of his colleagues.

Reiner Protsch von Zieten, a Frankfurt university panel ruled, lied about the age of human skulls, dating them tens of thousands of years old, even though they were much younger, reports Deutsche Welle.

"The commission finds that Prof. Protsch has forged and manipulated scientific facts over the past 30 years," the university said of the widely recognized expert in carbon data in a prepared statement.

Say it ain't so, Joe! You mean a scientists might actually falsify evidence to support a theory? But why:

"If you find a skull that's more than 30,000 years old it's a sensation. If you find three of them people notice you. It's good for your career," [the archaeologist who discovered the hoax,] Prof [Thomas] Terberger said. "At the end of the day it was about ambition."

That he also had a philosophical investment in the religion of Evolution would also be a great factor. In recent years many scams from the Church of Evolution have been exposed, yet fail to get media attention, and more often than not remain in textbooks, cited as fact, for decades after being exposed. That means Protsch's nonsense will remain a part of government education for at least until 2015 if not later.

Scrappleface reports that,

A disgraced German anthropology professor, who pretended to use carbon dating to establish a link between Neanderthals and modern man, told reporters today that he regularly drinks 40,000-year-old milk and drives a Porsche Carrera made in 736 BC.

Posted by Jack Lewis at February 23, 2005 09:44 AM

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