Piltdown Man: Britain's Greatest Hoax Reconstruction of the 'Piltdown Man' skull, on show at the Natural History Museum in 1953

Piltdown Man: Britain's Greatest Hoax Reconstruction of the 'Piltdown Man' skull, on show at the Natural History Museum in 1953

Piltdown: The Man that Never Was

ONE of the men who announced the discovery of the Piltdown Man fossils is likely to have been behind the infamous forgery, according to new…

The Piltdown Man was a hoax in which bone fragments were presented as the fossilised remains of a previously unknown early human. These fragments consisted of parts of a skull and jawbone, said to have been collected in 1912 from a gravel pit at Piltdown, East Sussex, England. The Latin name Eoanthropus dawsoni ("Dawson's dawn-man", after the collector Charles Dawson) was given to the specimen.

November 1953 Authorities at the British Natural History Museum announce that the skull of the Piltdown Man, one of the most famous fossil skulls in the world, is a hoax.

Piltdown Man 1953: Weiner, Le Gros Clark, and Oakley expose the hoax.

Piltdown Man Weiner, Le Gros Clark, and Oakley expose the hoax.

The Piltdown skull

It took over 40 years to realize that Piltdown man, represented by hominid-like fossil specimens found in Britain, was a fraud. Why did it take so long to discover the hoax, who was the hoaxer, and what does this episode say about evolution?

Piltdown Man - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Piltdown Man - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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