Interesting that this discussion about the Nebraskka Man misidentification is on the anniversary of the Scopes Trial. Lotsa good **** because they intertwine by Creationists assertions.
In 1917 a fossil tooth was found on a Nebraska farm, by the farm owner (and oil geologist named Harry Cook) . Cook , after a few years , sent the tooth to the president of the American Museum of Natural History, Henry Fairfield Osborn, for identification assistance. Osborn, was a paleontologist but not a great one. His biographer wrote of him that "Osborn was a first rate administrator, but a third rate scientist"
Osborn immediately identified the tooth as "PRIMATE". Then, on further consideration and as part of his own "Theory of Parallel Evolution" (It never rose to the strict standards of a "THEORY", maybe a hypothesis but nothing more
Anyway Osborn named the tooth as a body part of an Advance primate that he named Hesperopithecus haroldcookii
Most field and academic paleontologists cast lots of doubt about whether the tooth was even a primate. Then the popular press (NO scientific journals) got ahold of the tooth and , with a bit of help from a volunteer Grafton Smith (an English scientist) and a dental magazine illustrator. the tooth was featured in thIllustrated London News
a popular British Magazine.
The kerfuffle among the popular press and skeptical scientists drew the Creationists like flies. They argued the simplistic observation that , in effect said,'These scientists are so dumb they dont know whether this tooth is even a primate" dentition"
Then the Creationists started to spread lies that the defense in the Scopes Trial had used both Nebraska Man (as it was called) and Piltdown Man as proof of human volution.
This was one of a batch of untruths spread by the Creation Institute. As it turned out, the judge, John Raulston, had early omitted the use of scientific evidence on behalf of the defense, as this was a statuary issue only.
There were many errors committed in nebraska man's final determination. Most of the errors on sciences side lay with Osborn:s lack of skill.