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Composite photograph of Charles Dawson

Composite photograph of Charles Dawson

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JOHN READER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY JOHN READER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Composite photograph of Charles Dawson (left) during excavation work and the lower right canine of Piltdown Man Eoanthropus dawsoni. Dawson (1864- 1916) an amateur geologist, discovered fragments of a skull near Piltdown, Sussex, which was described in 1912, & became known as Piltdown Man. A reconstruction was made by Arthur Smith Woodward, a leading palaeontologist of the day. Piltdown was presented as the link between modern man and his distant ancestor the ape, combining the large brain of man with an ape-like jaw. In 1953 Piltdown Man was shown to be a fraud. The skull fragment's were human & the jaw belonged to an ape; they were not from the same individual.

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