Piltdown cricket bat

Piltdown cricket bat

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Credit: NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Piltdown cricket bat. Side view of a sharpened piece of elephant thigh bone, presented as an early human digging implement by the amateur geologist Charles Dawson (1864-1916). It is commonly referred to as the Piltdown cricket bat and was part of a collection of bone fragments claimed to be found at Piltdown, Sussex, UK, 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. Held at The Natural History Museum, London, UK.

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