Piltdown Man molar, SEM

Piltdown Man molar, SEM

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Credit: NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Piltdown Man molar. Scanning electron micrograph of the surface of a molar from Piltdown Man, showing scratch marks. Charles Dawson (1864-1916), an amateur geologist, claimed to have found bone fragments at Piltdown between 1908 and 1912. It was claimed that Piltdown Man was the link between modern humans and their ape ancestors, combining the large human skull with an ape-like jaw. In 1953 Piltdown Man was shown to be a fraud. The skull fragments were human, the jaw came from an orangutan and the teeth from a chimpanzee.

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