|Haeckel's embryos live on at the Science Museum|
In September 1997, Science magazine acknowledged that "Generations of biology students may have been misled by a famous set of drawings of embryos published 123 years ago by the German biologist Ernst Haeckel."
Michael Richardson, an embryologist at St. George's Hospital Medical School in London, uncovered serious flaws in Haeckel's work, concluding "It looks like it's turning out to be one of the most famous fakes in biology." You can find Truth in Science's article on this here.
Despite this, Haeckel's drawings are still displayed on the website of the Science Museum, in the section "Who am I?"
A sentence in accompanying text reads: "It seems that an efficient way of marking out the body plan arose millions of years ago, and has remained virtually unchanged throughout animal evolution."
Truth in Science stands against the use of fake evidence and calls for the Science Museum to remove Haeckel's drawings from their website.
...next time somebody tells you that something is true, why not say to them: "What kind of evidence is there for that?"
Richard Dawkins (2003), Oxford University.