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Piltdown Man fossil tests, 1949

Piltdown Man fossil tests, 1949

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NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Piltdown Man fossil tests. Preliminary fluorine test being carried out on the Piltdown Man fossil in 1949. Dr Kenneth Oakley is discussing with Mr L. E. Parsons (right) where the mandible can be sampled with the least risk of damage. These fossil skull and bone fragments were claimed to have been discovered in 1912 by collector Charles Dawson, and then examined at the Natural History Museum by Arthur Smith Woodward, keeper of the Geology Department. The fossils were later (by 1953) found to be a hoax.

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