Mermaids are an intelligent species of oceanic hominids whose existence has been registered in the mythology of numerous human cultures since the dawn of civilization. However, they have been hunted by humans and learned to hide from them, retreating deeper into the ocean. Concrete evidence about their existence started to emerge only in They share a common ancestry with humans. The ancestral form of both species was a kind of hominid ape which inhabited coasts and shallow seas somewhere in Africa, about seven million years ago. From these ancestral apes emerged two distinct lineages: one which retreated back to land and gave rise to humans; and one which went further into the sea and eventually gave rise to mermaids.
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Subscriber Account active since. Despite widespread backlash over fake documentaries, supposedly educational networks are turning to them more and more in efforts to net viewers and in the process are making people dumber. It didn't help that Discovery made coy comments about the documentary being a legitimate contribution to scientific debate. The Discovery Channel Discovery-owned channel Animal Planet has aired two other fake documentaries in recent years — replete with actors, fabricated events, CGI, and faked footage — which explore the apparently scientific evidence for mermaids. Many viewers seem to take them at their word, with children being especially vulnerable to deception.
Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives is a pseudo- documentary first aired on American TV network Discovery Channel about the possible survival of the prehistoric shark. The story, with only short disclaimers at the beginning and ending indicating that it is fictional, revolves around the loss of a fishing boat and all of its crew off the coast of Cape Town , South Africa and an ensuing investigation that points to an attack by a member of the species megalodon , a prehistoric shark thought to be long extinct. Its format is that of a documentary that includes accounts of "professionals" in various fields related to Megalodon. The show, like Mermaids , came under equal criticism and scrutiny by both scientists and ordinary viewers due to the attempt to present fiction as a non-fiction documentary. Much of the infamy it gained from this was mostly backlash at the network itself, though the host Brian Switek said that the film "gave science communicators like me an easy target. Fiction, a new special with experts that looks back at the original. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved National Geographic. Why is Discovery bringing it up again?