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Continuity 

When Vickers is standing and facing Weyland while she talks to him about why he made the journey, her hands change position several times. In one shot, they are in front of her while in the next shot, they are behind her.
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Character error 

When Charlie is describing the civilizations that provided the clues and star maps leading them to the distant moon, he explains that these civilizations were all separated by centuries and had no contact. In this list he includes Sumerians, Babylonians, and Egyptians (among others). The Babylonian Empire rose out of the city-states of the Sumerians, borrowing heavily from their language, culture, and religions. It is also well known that the people of Sumer/Babylon had much contact with the ancient Egyptians via trade and war.
Charlize Theron's dark roots in her hair appear, disappear and re-appear during the movie.
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Meredith Vickers mentions that she flew herself "half a billion miles from ... Earth." 500 million miles, however, is only about Jupiter's aphelion; interstellar distances are conveniently expressed in light-years or parsecs, and if one were to (ab)use miles or km, it would be trillions, at least.
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Continuity 

When Meredith Vickers finishes her push-ups, just after 'waking up', she is wearing cloth around her chest. After the shot where she puts on her bathrobe, she wears no cloth under the robe.
When the sacrifice engineer's arm breaks off, the remaining limb is just past the elbow, and can be seen as such when he falls into the river. When he's shown at the bottom, the point of loss is much closer to the wrist.
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During Elizabeth's auto-surgery, you can see that a fake body is inserted during specific elements, such as when the laser opens the abdomen. You can tell by the fact that her legs visible are shaking when there is a real person and still when not. (the laser element of the scene was done with CGI)
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When David and Elizabeth are discussing the DNA results, you can see Elizabeth from behind with her hand draped over her knee, but when it switches to her face, her hand is against her head.
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Crew or equipment visible 

At around 32 minutes 40 seconds into the film, just before the crew drop down the hole into the lower level of the alien structure, a white folding chair is clearly visible, leaning against the wall. It can be seen in several subsequent shots.
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Factual errors 

A CO2 concentration of 3% in the atmosphere is still not a lethal amount for human beings. Only after 5% does it become toxic.
When Charlie gets sick on the second outing, Elizabeth calls to have "a medical team standing by" when they get back to the ship. The ship's medical team are all in the field with her.
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At one point the characters use "a carbon probe" to date a dead alien body. Carbon based dating of organic remains is based on knowing both the ratio of radioactive carbon isotopes over time in a planetary atmosphere, and the level of such carbon absorbed into the body of a living organism by it breathing. So far, we only know the atmospheric carbon ratio for one planet: Earth. Even with advanced technology, you'd always need to know the carbon sequence of the home planet of an alien species to carbon date anything from there. The movie's plot clearly shows that no-one knows the origins of the Engineers. Logically then, the carbon probe sequence is impossible.
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The EKG readout used to indicate the health of each crew member, is displayed incorrectly. Not only does the displayed wave pattern not vary between crew members and stress levels, but the waveform is rounded, making it medically useless for diagnosing heart problems, which is the entire purpose of an EKG.
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Miscellaneous 

After David finds Vickers out of suspension, and she asks him how long it's been, he answers: "2 years, 4 months, 18 days, 36 hours, 15 minutes..."

Unless a day has become longer than 36 hours in 2093, he should have said "2 years, 4 months, 19 days, 12 hours, 15 minutes..."
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The windscreen of the personnel carriers they use on the planet has the familiar arc pattern created by the wipers. However the carriers have been been kept in the hold the entire journey and would have no dust on them whatsoever. Plus the wipers are never seen being used so they could not have created them.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

In the first shot of Prometheus, it is moving at high speed through space. When it enters the target planet/moon's atmosphere, it must slow down which should mean that the thrusters would be pointing forwards and down, not straight backwards as seen. However, the ship will have slowed down (offscreen) as it approached the destination moon, though it would still be necessary to have the thrusters pointing backwards so as to propel the ship to a landing site. It does not mean the ship was still travelling at the same immense speed it did when in deep space. Also, the thrusters are indeed pointing downwards when the ship lands.
Near the end of the movie Shaw enters the lifeboat and she is carrying an axe. When the Engineer enters and attacks her the axe is gone. However, you can clearly see the axe in Shaw's right hand as the Engineer enters the pod and confronts her (Shaw's back is to the camera). Shaw then drops the axe as the Engineer lunges towards her. You can even hear it hitting the floor.
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When David is talking with Charlie in the bar/lounge, David has the drop of black liquid on his right index finger intending to place it in Charlie's drink. But during the lead time, his finger touches other objects such as the glass, bottle and the metal billiard ball. However, it is plain to see that David always keeps his right index finger extended throughout the scene and the tip of it (where the black liquid drop is) does not come into contact with the billiard ball, glass or the bottle. The first contact the tip of his finger makes is Charlie's drink.
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When Elizabeth has the alien "fetus" removed by using the "Pauling Med-Pod", she breaks the umbilical cord which is still internal, thereby leaving the "placenta" in her abdomen. This alone would probably kill her, causing her internal bleeding. However, as this was not a "traditional fetus" (as David described it), it is questionable as to whether a traditional placenta had even formed. Even if there was a placenta of some kind, it is still possible for women to have a "retained placenta" even after a C-section which can later be expelled from the body naturally or with the assistance of medication.
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Plot holes 

Near the end when the Prometheus crashes into the Engineer's ship you can clearly see it is far away from Vickers and Shaw on the surface of the planet. However in the next shot you can see the Engineer's ship crash straight down close to Vickers and Shaw.
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Revealing mistakes 

All EKG monitors of the expedition party's HUD shows the same heartbeat pattern and rate regardless of individual or stress.
Just before Dr Holloway points out the area to land, he unstraps himself from his chair. While leaving the chair he bumps it and you can clearly see the chair is loose on the floor.
(at around 54 mins) When Fifield and Milburn are examining the pile of dead alien bodies, one of the alien hands (in the right part of the screen) wiggles slightly as if made of rubber.
After Shaws c-section, when she approaches the compartment where David and the others are ministering to Weyland, the pressure doors are either not closed completely or are inoperative since light can be seen thru the crack between them.
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Spoilers

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Revealing mistakes 

The film is flipped when Shaw picks up David's head to place into a bag. This can be most clearly seen by Shaw's camera on her left shoulder changing to her right shoulder.

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