Fossils Human Evolution Philosophical


Among the many front-page stories over the centuries that were published with much fanfare that report the discovery of evidence for human evolution was discovered only to be later retracted. Here the evidence was first hailed as the oldest human remains ever found in Europe but turned out to belong to a donkey skull.

Found in the southern Spanish town of Orce in 1982 was quickly hailed as the oldest fossilized human remains ever found in Europe. Scientists had said the skull belonged to a 17 year old man who lived 900,000 to 1.6 million years ago, and even had very detail drawings done to represent what he would have looked like.

One year later officials admitted the skull fragment was not human but probably came from a 4 month old donkey.”

“Skull fragment may not be human”, Knoxville News-Sentinel, 1983