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10 More of the Greatest Scientific Hoaxes of All Time

By Steven Romano Apr 22, 2013

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Japanese Paleolithic Artifacts

Japan isn’t exactly a prime location to find paleolithic artifacts dating far before the country's Jōmon period, yet this didn’t stop amateur archeologist Shinichi Fujimura from gaining undue recognition. During the ‘70s, Fujimura made a name for himself by discovering chipped stone tools, riding the wave of success while skeptics questioned his knack for finding these artifacts so frequently. In 2000, the newspaper Mainichi Shimbun undertook an audacious exposé, eager to discredit Fujimura as a fraud. Rigging an excavation site with hidden cameras, footage revealed he buried paleolithic items in the ground, outing him after nearly 30 years.

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Steven Romano

Like Captain America, Steven Romano is just a boy from Brooklyn. When he isn't contributing to The MindHut and other geeky websites, Steven's hard at work writing his first novel and comic book scripts. Follow him on Twitter @Steven_Romano, and swing by his blog: stevenromano.tumblr.com

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