Relative Techniques. In the past, relative dating methods often were the only ones available to paleoanthropologists. As a result, it was difficult to chronologically compare fossils from different parts of the world. However, relative methods are still very useful for relating finds from the same or nearby sites with similar geological histories.
Piltdown Man, Beringer’s lying stones, dinosaurs… are they all hoaxes? | Fossils | The Guardian
A couple examples are given in this report by Discovery. Wherever you have people, you will have dishonesty, from unavoidable bias to outright chicanery. On the other hand, every major hoax has been exposed by mainline scientists and reported in scientific literature. Far from a conspiracy or cover-up, science has proven to be set up for effective self-policing. Today, I saw a video discussion between Wendy Wright, a representative of Concerned Women for America, and Richard Dawkins, the famous atheist scientist. Wright refers to that discovery as "fraud. There's only one problem with the accusation that science or scientists are fraudulent: It was science and scientists that determined that the teeth—two of them—belonged to a species of pig.
Piltdown was an archaeological site in England where in and human, ape and other mammal fossils were found together. In at a nearby site was found an ape's jaw with a canine tooth worn down like a human's. The general community of British paleoanthropologists came to accept the idea that the fossil remains belonged to a single creature that had had a human cranium and an ape's jaw. In , Piltdown 'man' was exposed as a forgery.
British Broadcasting Corporation Home. Piltdown Man fooled the scientific community for some forty years before the hoax was finally discovered. Kate Bartlett explores the curious case of the bogus ancestor, and tries to unmask the perpetrator of the cunning deceit. On 18 December newspapers throughout the world ran some sensational headlines - mostly along the lines of: ' Missing Link Found - Darwin's Theory Proved '.