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Piltdown excavations. Charles Dawson (1864-1916, right), Venus Hargreaves (left) and Arthur Smith Woodward (1864-1944, centre), digging at Piltdown, Sussex, UK. The goose 'Chipper' is at lower left. Dawson was an amateur geologist who claimed to have found bone fragments at Piltdown between 1908 and 1912. Smith Woodward catalogued and reconstruced the fragments. Piltdown Man was claimed to be the link between modern humans and ape ancestors. 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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