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The Upset Archaeologist

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Puzzle ID:#12885
Fun:*** (2.64)
Difficulty:*** (2.45)
Submitted By:od-1Aca****
Corrected By:mosca




A young archaeologist named Botch had dug up what he believed to be the missing link. Sure that he would be famous and receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants for further research, he promptly called some colleagues and held a press conference to unveil his findings. At the conference, Botch announced that he had found the jawbone and teeth from the famous prehistoric Nebraska man. When these ancient fossils were originally discovered, they were hailed as the best evidence of man's evolution ever found and led to the teaching of evolution in American schools. When he unveiled his findings the room quickly emptied as snickers and laughter filled the air. Poor Botch had made the same mistake so many of his colleagues had already made.

What was his mistake?

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Jun 10, 2003

Very Cool. Botch botched it.
Jun 11, 2003

Spreading a little propaganda there, OD-1? ;)
Jun 11, 2003

"I didn't see it at first, I heard it. I could tell it was bare, no garments, naked. I heard the ring and embraced it. I opened my eyes, and there was the truth."-Coda Van Newt
Jun 12, 2003

You make a point. Many text books schools give you are normally out dated.
Jun 13, 2003

this isn't a teaser it is a history lesson.
Jun 26, 2003

this is based on opinion, not fact
Jul 31, 2003

THis is the best teser EVA
Aug 23, 2003

The scientific method holds that if the evidence supporting a theory is found to be flawed, then the theory should be abandoned. Theories are supposed to be based on scientific evidence. Interestingly, the evidence supporting Evolution has come and gone, been found to be flawed, replaced with new evidence and so on. However, the theory still remains, it's just the evidence that keeps on changing. While this does not necessarily disprove the theory of evolution, it certainly makes it unscientific.
Aug 26, 2003

By your definition, Jimbo, every scientific principle in existence had to be proven correct the FIRST TIME it was tested, otherwise it would have been discarded. If scientists worked the way you are implying, we'd still be in the Stone Age, because hardly any experiment works perfectly the first time. The real beauty of the scientific world is that it corrects its mistakes. This teaser is a perfect example of how good the scientific community is at rooting out its own mistakes and correcting the issue.
Apr 29, 2005

Ok, I have to say a bit on evolution... I believe people of some form were created in some way. And it is a proven fact that people are taller now than way back when, living longer... and other such things have been proven that although we may not have come from a puddle, or monkeys, we HAVE changed over the "ka-jillion" years we've been here.
May 17, 2005

It also should be pointed out that scientists don't use the word "theory" like laymen do. To laymen, a theory is just an idea of what could work, but to scientists that is a hypothesis. Everyone knows the Theory of Relativity, but no one calls Einstein an atheist for coming up with it.
May 31, 2005

kcelf, i think you're talking about microevolution. It is well known that things change over time...but it is totally different than macroevolution, when things change into different species...also, it's up for debate whether or not people are living longer....Methuselah, according to the Bible, lived for 900+ years...which is a lot longer than America's average of 89 years.
Just a little note from a silly person like me
Jul 03, 2005

anyway back to the tease. i didnt get it but it was very really absoulutly good 1 (velamagreatnessed!)
Oct 01, 2005

Quite impressive, good job.
Jun 06, 2006

Bobbrt, you take such offense! If you take the time to dig, you'll find, in secular publications, the truth of what this teaser asserts.
Aug 01, 2006

The truth is out there. Someone, or something BBQ'd a pig a long time ago, in Nebraska. It's a good teaser. Nothing more.
Dec 14, 2006

LOL at OldChinaHand's comment.
Oct 11, 2016

It's amazing that even on a website that promotes critical thinking and logic, misinformation and myth is promoted as knowledge. If you don't understand the difference between a scientific theory and a hypothesis, you have no business posting about it. Stick to your churches and superstitions.

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