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Nebraska man was a hoax

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Nebraska Man (Hesperopithecus haroldcookii) was described on the basis of a single tooth which turned out to come from a peccary. This tooth was used to construct an entire species, complete with illustrations of the primitive man and his family.

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  1. Nebraska man plays no major part in science today, nor does it seem to have ever played any major part in science.
  2. It was not a hoax, it was an error. Pig teeth and human teeth look very similar.
  3. Such errors do happen, but they are usually exposed and discredited by the scientific community itself.
  4. Many fossil finds are based on significantly more than a tooth, so this can hardly be used as a criticism of paleontology in general.
  5. The illustration that creationists commonly cite regarding Nebraska man was not created or endorsed by scientists and was clearly labeled as not being based on any Nebraska man fossils.
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