Reconstruction of Piltdown Man

Reconstruction of Piltdown Man

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Caption: Reconstruction of Piltdown Man Eoanthropus dawsoni, as described in 1912, following the discovery of a skull and jaw fragments near Piltdown, Sussex. The brown areas represent the fragments of bone found. The fragments were discovered by Charles Dawson an amateur geologist and the reconstruction was done by Arthur Smith Woodward, a leading palaeontologist. Piltdown Man was presented as the link between modern man and his distant ancestor the ape, combining the large brain of man with an ape-like jaw. In 1953 Piltdown Man was shown to be a fraud. The skull fragments were human and the jaw belonged to an ape; they were not from the same individual.

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Keywords: anthropology, eoanthropus dawsoni, fossil man, fraud, hominid, hominids, hominin, palaeoanthropology, palaeontology, paleoanthropology, paleontology, piltdown, piltdown man

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