1913 Handaxe Plate Piltdown Man hoax

1913 Handaxe Plate Piltdown Man hoax

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Credit: PAUL D STEWART/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Palaeoliths Plate from drawing by Woodward in: Dawson, C. & Woodward, A. S. 1913 -. 'On the discovery of a Palaeolithic human skull and mandible in a flint-bearing gravel overlying the Wealden (Hastings Beds) at Piltdown, Fletching (Sussex)'. Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London, 69 (1) issued 25 Apr, 117–151, plates XV–XXI.The presence of genuine human tools was used as supporting evidence for what has been called the "greatest" hoax in archaeology - Piltdown Man. This is the plate from the original paper by Dawson (believed to be the forger) and Woodward (beieived to be a duped scientist). The skull of a "missing link" ancestor to man from England (Eoanthropus dawsoni) was claimed to have been found at Piltdown. It took 40 years to prove that the treated jaw of an orangutan had been placed with the upper skull of a man.

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