BBC Travel Promotes ‘Walking Palm Tree’ Myth

by | Dec 28, 2015 | Benjamin Radford, Folklore, Investigation, Media Appearances, Media Literacy, Research, Science, Skepticism | 0 comments

A BBC travel reporter writing a piece about Ecuador’s Sumaco biopark repeats a common myth as fact: Specifically that there is a palm tree that “walks” across the forest floor. I investigated this claim years ago, and wrote about it in both Skeptical Inquirer magazine and in a column for (you can read it HERE). I politely suggested that the reporter or a BBC editor contact the “expert” quoted and ask for the source of his information (preferably a peer-reviewed botany study).12321610_10206770419833358_2213566468497522772_n


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