Piltdown hand axe

Piltdown hand axe

C016/5972

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Piltdown rolled flake (item E.613, presented as an early human flint hand axe by the amateur geologist Charles Dawson (1864-1916). It was part of a collection of bone fragments and implements 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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