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Peking, Piltdown, and Paluxy: creationist legends about paleoanthropology

Glenn Branch* and Eugenie C Scott

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National Center for Science Education, PO Box 9477, Berkeley 94709-0477, CA, USA

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Evolution: Education and Outreach 2013, 6:27  doi:10.1186/1936-6434-6-27

Published: 19 September 2013


Because human evolution is often a stumbling block for accepting evolution, creationist legends about paleoanthropology are persistent. Three such legends, according to which paleoanthropology is based on finds that are admittedly fraudulent (Piltdown) or unadmittedly fraudulent (Peking), or is contravened by neglected finds (Paluxy), are critically discussed.

Teaching evolution; Paleoanthropology; Piltdown Man; Peking Man (Homo erectus); Paluxy “man tracks”; Creationism