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The 15 Greatest Scientific Hoaxes Of All Time

By Vadim Newquist Mar 20, 2013

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Piltdown Man

This one is probably the most famous scientific hoax of all time; one that was believed for a full 40 years before anybody caught on. Allegedly the skull was found by a collector named Charles Dawson, and it was said to represent the important missing link between ape and human evolution. Finally revealed as a fraud in 1953, the skull turned out to be a human cranium attached to the jawbone of an orangutan.

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Vadim Newquist

Vadim Newquist is a writer, director, actor, animator, fire fighter, stunt driver, martial arts instructor, snake wrangler and time traveling bounty hunter who scales tall buildings with his bare hands and wrestles sharks in his spare time. He can do ten consecutive backflips in one jump, make cars explode with his mind, and can give fifty people a high-five at once without even lifting his hands. He holds multiple PhDs in nuclear physics, osteopathic medicine, behavioral psychology, breakdancing, and chilling out. He currently resides in Gotham City inside his stately mansion with his butler Alfred and his two cats.

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