NASA illustration of the projected global temperature increase by 2040
Throughout history people, for various reasons, have perpetrated scientific hoaxes
on the public. Here are a few examples:
-- In 1912 Charles Dawson "discovered" the Piltdown fossils, a skull and jawbone that appeared to be half-man half-ape, in Sussex, England. They were hailed as the evolutionary "missing link" between apes and humans. 40 years later the fossil was exposed as a fake. In fact, the skull was constructed from a medieval human cranium attached to the jaw of an orangutan.
The Cardiff Giant
-- A ten-foot "petrified man" was dug up on a small farm in Cardiff, New York, in October 1869. The "Cardiff Giant" became a huge news story and many Americans traveled to see it. It was revealed as the creation of New Yorker George Hull, who had paid for it to be carved out of stone.
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