The Upset ArchaeologistTrivia brain teasers have some element of trivia in them, but they are not just pure trivia questions.
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?
AnswerHe assumed that what he had learned in school was actually correct, yet it was badly out dated and very inaccurate (unfortunately many north American schools use out dated text books). Nebraska man was proven to be a fraud shortly after its discovery (it was really an extinct pig). Surprisingly many fossils of ancient man are fakes or at best inconclusive, which is why evolution is still a theory and archaeologists like Botch are still searching for that missing link.
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