Piltdown skull gravel pit, 1910s

Piltdown skull gravel pit, 1910s

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Credit: NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Piltdown skull gravel pit. This is the site where the Piltdown specimens were claimed to have been 'discovered' in the period 1912 to 1915, near Piltdown, Sussex, UK. This photograph is believed to have been taken during the winter of 1913, when the pit was flooded. The discoverers 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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