The Hoax was first starting to look fishy, when fossils of ancient humans much younger than its piltdown counterpart, were being found in different countries. The odd part was these newer skulls that were only hundereds of hundreds of years old didn't have the development of bone structure the piltdown skull had. Then the invention that cracked the egg, a process called, Flourine dating. The process works because bones are primarily made up of calcium hydroxy apatite. The bone is exposed to water mixed with flouride and soaked. To measure it you use a Flouride Selective Ion. When ion is placed in water, it produces a volt proportional to amount of flouride in solution. The calibration curve give you a rough date that fossil is from. When they used this process to figure that the skull was no more than a couple 100 years old. Further investigation showed that the teeth was filed down, that the jaw bone was from an ape. The scientific community was devastated when, they found out that the skull was really a hoax. They thought that no scientist, a gentlemen of scholarly honor, would ever do something so immoral. Scientist were astonished and outraged that they would lie about such a thing, from that day forward, the science community would have to make sure everything published was a verifiable source. This was a mistake that shook the scientific community to their core.
The cause of this terrible hoax was something we call the human factor, the idea that humans make mistakes and do wrong things to gain more for themselves. I believe that if the human factor could be removed and all processes be error-free would be a somewhat bad thing, I would not want it to happen. This idea scares me because it is already happening today,with assembly lines. If this happened humans would no longer need to think or do anything. This would cause a world of idioticy, and when machines failed humans as a race would die. In this hoax, it has a very good life lesson, don't trust an unverified source. Trusting an unverified source could make you look bad, have you make terrible mistakes, or cause another person to cause terrible mistakes. They say don't trust the internet because it is an unverified source, this is true, unless you make sure you find trustworthy sources only. People believed these scientist because of their honor and scholarly education but, in the end the truth must always be challenged because if you don't this might happen over and over again.