posted on Nov, 4 2010 @ 06:32 PM
Some of these statements here are not "hoaxes." a hoax is an intentional fraud perpetrated by people who know darned well it is a hoax. Someone
believing in a religion does not fit that definition.
My vote is Piltdown Man. If you look into what happened there, a number of anthropologists who examined it said it was a hoax, but the media didn't
believe them or cover their misgivings. The whole thing played into the British being left out of the then new findings in other countries, such as
Neanderthal in Germany and the South African findings. It fed on nationalism, hopes, and a complete misunderstanding of the public in the entire
"missing link" issue. There never has been a "missing link" in the anthropological record, but people thought there was, and this fake fossil was
perfect to lead people astray. It lasted for several decades before modern carbon dating techniques, plus the extreme suspicion of several
anthropologists, led to its unmasking.