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15 of the biggest scientific hoaxes

By: Bryan Nelson on July 26, 2010, 12:15 p.m.
Women and children of the Tasaday Tribe

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The Tasaday tribe

Claimed to have been a culture of people who had lived in isolation since the Stone Age, the Tasaday tribe made international headlines in the 1970s when they were "discovered" by Manuel Elizalde, Jr. In 1986, a proper investigation of the tribe revealed that the Tasaday traded with the local farmers, wore jeans and T-shirts and spoke a modern local dialect.

Pictures and film of the tribe acting like Stone Age people were staged, and tribe members were coaxed into the performance with offers of free cigarettes and clothing.