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From Fate Magazine POSTED BY STAFF ON MARCH – 14 – 2013
by Micah Hanks
Some would call it the greatest hoax of the twentieth century.
That a group of men so intimately connected with the field of paleo-anthropology might be so easily duped, because of the mixing of human and chimpanzee bone fragments, was perhaps the most shocking aspect to the scientific world. And yet, it would be close to four decades before the complete consensus on what had been dubbed the “Piltdown Man” would determine that there had been, in truth, no new discovery of an unknown primate from our ancient past, and instead merely a hoax for which the key players involved spanned from the amateur rock hound and curiosity seeker, to controversial members of the cloth.
The debacle began innocently enough in December of 1912, when Arthur Smith Woodward, at the time serving as keeper of the British Museum’s geological department, had been presented with several curious skull fragments; each had allegedly had been discovered by workmen at the nearby Piltdown gravel pit. Woodward had received the curious fragments from Charles Dawson. . . Read Complete Report
BBC Piltdown Hoax
Did Sir Arthur Conan Doyle perpetrated the famous Piltdown Man hoax in 1912?
The Piltdown Code (Part 1 of 2)
The Piltdown Code (Part 2 of 2)