Fabricated Evidence of Evolution at Balboa Park's Museum of Man
While on vacation in San Diego last week Roxy and I visited Balboa Park and some of the museums inside it including the Museum of Man and the Museum of Natural History. In the Museum of Man on display were several sculptured replicas of fossils, most of which I had read about on Wikipedia or other places. There were also several man-ape-like models on display. Whenever I look at this stuff I wonder how much of this is real and how much is conjecture. Obviously the amount of hair placed on models is in the conjecture catagory and is a little humorous, but how much else is?
One would think that sculptured replicas of fossils would have no fabrication but I didn't find this to be the case. For example, I knew that the Java Man find consisted of a skullcap, three teeth and a femur -- and since the femur was found 50 feet away from the skull its a leap of faith to conclude that these bones belonged to the same animal or species. When I looked at the replica of Java Man's fossilized bones there were more bones shown than were actually found. The reconstruction included six teeth and several bones were added possibly to connect the teeth to the skullcap.
Educational Note: The head has 29 bones; 22 of these bones form the exterior of the head, 6 are small ear bones and the last is the hyoid bone used for speech. A skullcap consists of three of these bones: the frontal bone, the parietal bone, and the occipital bone.
The question running through my mind is why are there six teeth in this sculptued replica instead of three? I know it's a small thing but why did they add more teeth? And why did they add more bones (not such a small thing)? If they want to connect the teeth to the skullcap I think it would have been more informative to have the replicated bones a slightly different color from the fabricated bones and to say so. Instead they present a consideral amount of fabrication as actual.
So then the question arises: how much of the museum is fabricated and how much is actual? I am not a paleontologist but I noticed quite a bit more fabrication -- like the Peking Man fossil replica which was right next to Java Man. There was no mention of the history of Peking Man fossils. (If you click the link to the Wikipedia artical on Peking Man note that they show a picture of a complete skull fabricated from a skullcap which was allegedly lost at sea). I was beginning to wonder if I would find the fraudulant Piltdown Man on display but it wasn't there.
I find it hypocritical that evolutionists refer the theory of intelligent design as psuedoscience. Maybe it is -- but no more so than the theory of evolution.