Piltdown Man reconstructions

Piltdown Man reconstructions

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Credit: NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Piltdown Man reconstructions 1 and 2. The discovery of these remains (cranium, teeth and mandible) was announced in 1912 by amateur archaeologist Charles Dawson. At left is the ape-like reconstruction by Natural History Museum palaeontologist Arthur Smith Woodward. At right is the human-like reconstruction by Scottish anatomist and anthropologist Arthur Keith. Scientists argued over which reconstruction was correct, but in 1953 Piltdown Man was shown to be a fraud. The skull fragments were human, the jaw from an orangutan, and the teeth from a chimpanzee.

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