Unlike the recent footprints discovered in Mexico, a skull fragment discovered in a peat bog in Germany that was said to be 36,000 years old?the “missing link” between Neanderthals and modern man?has been found to be a fraud. This isn’t the first time this has happened.
Luke Harding writes in The Guardian that German anthropologist Reiner Protsch von Zieten has admitted falsifying the dating of important fossils. His discoveries changed much of our knowledge about ancient history?finding they are fake will change this even more. Protsch’s fake fossils seemed to prove that modern humans and Neanderthals co-existed, and perhaps even interbred.